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LED BIB

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Formed in 2003, Led Bib are one of the forerunners of the new British Jazz scene that is turning the genre on its head. With their quirky playfulness, punk rock aesthetics and avant-garde stylings they've garnered recognition around the Jazz world. In 2005 they won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award for their debut Arboretum and in 2009 they earned a nomination for the Mercury Prize for Sensible Shoes. Taking influences from Ornette Coleman, John Zorn and New York experimentalism, they have earned a reputation for putting on energetic live shows. Performing in such high profile events as the reopening event for the Royal Festival Hall, a 1 hour session on BBC 3, and the 12 Points festival in Dublin where they represented Britain.This quintet, which consists of bandleader Mark Holub on drums, Liran Donin on electric/stand up bass, Toby McLaren on Rhodes Piano, and the dual saxes of Chris Williams and Pete Grogan are carving their own niche into the music world with their unique and energetic take on avant-garde jazz.

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3.09 | 4 ratings
Arboretum
2005
3.14 | 3 ratings
Sizewell Tea
2007
3.97 | 9 ratings
Sensible Shoes
2009
3.12 | 6 ratings
Bring Your Own
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
The People In Your Neighbourhood
2014

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4.05 | 3 ratings
Led Bib Live!
2007

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 Bring Your Own by LED BIB album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.12 | 6 ratings

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Led Bib RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Syzygy
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Led Bib's fourth studio album, and second Cuneiform release, is an enjoyable slice of contemporary jazzy avant prog that never disappoints but which holds few surprises.

The London based quintet have made a few refinements to their formula. There are no cover versions this time around - previous releases have included interpretations of Talking Heads, David Bowie and Erik Satie - and drummer Mark Holub is no longer the sole composer, with three contributions from Tony McLaren and Chris Williams. They've also tightened up a little, with most of the pieces lasting from four to seven minutes and Hollow Ponds clocking in at just 2.41. Otherwise, though, it's business as usual. The heavier passages see the Fender Rhodes and bass drenched in distortion, while the more reflective moments feature Liran Donin on double bass (occasionally bowed), while Mark Holub is equally comfortable driving the beat forward or providing an almost featherweight pulse (but there's a definite preference for the former). The twin saxes provide sweet harmony, intricate counterpoint or discordant squalls as appropriate, and at its best there is an exhilerating rush underpinning everything. For all the dynamic range and instrumental dexterity, though, there aren't that many truly memorable hooks to be heard in these ten compositions; there's superlative riffing, dazzling ensemble playing and splendid flights of improvisation, but the melodic themes aren't necessarily going to stick in your consciousness for that long afterwards. For me the stand out track is Toby McLaren's Service Stop Saviour which, as on some their earlier albums, could almost be an out take from a particularly wild Soft Machine session circa 5 or even Henry Cow circa Leg End.

If you're new to Led Bib, this album is an excellent place to start, and if you're an established fan you'll know what to expect. This is a genuinely enjoyable and exciting album which serves as proof that jazz in the 3rd millennium is in rude health with an exciting future.

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 Led Bib Live! by LED BIB album cover Live, 2007
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Review by snobb
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4 stars Two years after the were released debut album, Led Bib recorded and released 4- compositions short live album. Three songs came from debut album (one of them is is heavily reworked David Byrne's composition), and - " Stinging Nettle " will open band's second studio album ,released same year).

Comparing with same compositions on their debut album, the difference is really big. If their debut was in general avant-jazz band's album with elements of post-punk and some rock flavour, same material there sounds as explosive and noisy avant-rock mix on this live release. And it's really for good - musicians energy add to quite complex material drive it needed to be better accepted. Saxes sounds more aggressive, almost hysterical in moments, Rhodes passages return you back to the time of great progressive rock concerts. Quite clever and well invented music got there its blood and flesh.

Good if not too short release for fans of heavy avant-jazz based sax/Rhodes attacks filled modern avant prog. There band shows its real face and the sound will be exploited for some years to come.

My rating is 3,5, rounded to 4.

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 Arboretum by LED BIB album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Review by snobb
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3 stars Debut album from this London band wasn't very popular, but was noticed by many fans and critics. Guitar-less modern jazz quintet with two saxophones, acoustic/electric bass, drums and Rhodes,playing free jazz with strong punk-influences was really important new name on London's jazz scene.

In fact,looking from few years distance, it's easier to say they became one of cornerstone of London-based new wave of modern avant-jazz: half acoustic free-jazz with dirty punkish energy and aesthetics.

Fame came to the band in 2009, after " Sensible Shoes" album was released. Looking from now, their debut is much more jazzy, openly free-jazz oriented, with dominated energetic double saxes sound and space full of vintage Rhodes keyboards. It's still a very jazz album, with feel-able roots in Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn both. But by their simplistic and catchy melodies, angular rhythm structures and minimalistic aesthetics, they are influenced by London's decades of post-punk culture for sure.

Very significant and interesting release, important for understanding of some future years of all London's modern jazz scene. Recommended not only for avant jazz lovers, is accessible enough to be loved by jazz-rock fans as well.

My rating is 3+.wasn't very popular, but was noticed by many fans and critics. Guitar-less modern jazz quintet with two saxophones, acoustic/electric bass, drums and Rhodes,playing free jazz with strong punk-influences was really important new name on London's jazz scene.

In fact,looking from few years distance, it's easier to say they became one of cornerstone of London-based new wave of modern avant-jazz: half acoustic free-jazz with dirty punkish energy and aesthetics.

Fame came to the band in 2009, after " Sensible Shoes" album was released. Looking from now, their debut is much more jazzy, openly free-jazz oriented, with dominated energetic double saxes sound and space full of vintage Rhodes keyboards. It's still a very jazz album, with feel-able roots in Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn both. But by their simplistic and catchy melodies, angular rhythm structures and minimalistic aesthetics, they are influenced by London's decades of post-punk culture for sure.

Very significant and interesting release, important for understanding of some future years of all London's modern jazz scene. Recommended not only for avant jazz lovers, is accessible enough to be loved by jazz-rock fans as well.

My rating is 3+.

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 Sensible Shoes by LED BIB album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.97 | 9 ratings

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Review by Triceratopsoil

4 stars Some very tasty and interesting progressive jazz, especially for the first few (dozen) listens, but once you've heard it enough times that it has been memorized, I find that the two softer songs - Water Shortage and Early Morning - stand out above all the others. Those two are exceptionally beautiful, and both are exemplary cases of build-ups in music; they both (and this is a trait that is also found to a lesser extent in other songs on the album) gradually reach states of near-insanity-like layering, where the individual instruments don't QUITE seem to fit together, and yet in not fitting together perfectly they fit together...perfectly! Such is an enigma I can handle in my avant-jazz.

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 Sensible Shoes by LED BIB album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Review by snobb
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4 stars Third British quintet album "Sensible Shoes" is possibly one of the most interesting post jazz-rock releases of 2009. They are playing electric jazz rock with two alto saxes, electric bass, heavy drumming and Fender Rhodes passages. The music is combination of jazz improvisation and complexity with rock energy.

Having their roots in Ornette Coleman and John Zorn music, mixing it with progressive rock and some dose of psychedelia, the band is playing one of most interesting jazz-rock you can imagine in the end of first decade of new century. Very recommended for jazz- rock lovers searching for complex but accessible new sounds. Not less than 4,5.

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 Sizewell Tea by LED BIB album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.14 | 3 ratings

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Review by Epignosis
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3 stars Jaunty and lively, Led Bib's sophomore release is a fun little album. While there's a lot I am partial to on this album, there's also a lot that gives me a damn headache, so it is a collection of instrumentals that I appreciate somewhat selectively. But when it's good, it's great.

"Stinging Nettle" The album kicks off with a great saxophone riff that pops in and out of the piece, which consists of heavy dissonance and quick transitions. Foot-stomping bass work and drumming pound out a solid basis, even as the saxophones are screaming and raising hell over it.

"Battery Power" The dual saxophones sound like a swarm of disgruntled bees making their way toward the listener before stopping just short, allowing for a nice horn cadenza very early on in the piece. The remainder of the track is much more difficult to follow, and therefore for me, to enjoy.

"Shower" A soft, descending beginning offers a delightful basis for a stark piano. Even when it picks up, it maintains a warm feeling despite going from melancholy to cheerfulness. This, along with the final piece, is my favorite work on the album.

"Manifesto For The Future" After a blaring introduction, the music becomes something more akin to traditional upbeat jazz, complete with a rollicking rhythm section.

"Spring" A static piano riff brings in low brass, all of which erupts into another static riff and a wild saxophone duet. The piano solo has a "falling-down-the-stairs" quality to it, even when playing ascending riffs; along with the percussion, it really sounds like someone is making a mess!

"The Keeper" Following a brief, psychedelic run on electric piano, more discordant brass bounces over a steady rhythm. The electronic grating is a nice addition, and the two saxophones play off each other well, even when their individual riffs don't pair up melodically.

"Forest Fire" The easygoing bass riff, piano, and light lead instruments fading in somewhat remind me of "Flamenco Sketches" by Miles Davis, even though this piece has very little in relation to that one. There is a lengthy, unaccompanied upright bass solo in the middle.

"Chocky" A bizarre electronic tone begins the lengthiest work. The electronic aspect remains throughout, mostly serving to provide the conflicting melody under the howling saxophones. No, I really can't say I care for this one at all.

"Lichen" Led Bib once again shows that they can be discordant and yet maintain a rich melody, even though I'm certainly not fond of either the high-pitched squealing or the rampage of a hundred random notes by all the instruments. The piece suddenly becomes rather eerie before turning into another barrage of noise.

"Heroes" Great drumming begins the final track, which features a remarkable melodic theme and a bass that sounds "in a hurry." As such, this wonderful work reminds me quite a bit of old Buddy Rich pieces. The music is full of both great textures and remarkable melodies- the conclusion to the album is excellent.

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