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Indebted to greats such as Sun Ra, Mingus, Neil Ardley and Mike Westbrook, Examples of Twelves are a band-headed by Nostalgia 77 bassist Riaan Vosloo. Collectively, the players have a wealth of experience both live and on record, with the Examples of Twelves sets seeing some of their most personal and adventurous work to date.

In demand for their mixture of new material and re-arrangements of both standards and cult club jazz tracks, the group are unique in their ability to switch between deep, Mingus-esque workouts and uptempo swinging grooves that have proved a hit at numerous Jazz sessions in and around London.

"With two cult albums, The Way Things Were and The Way Things Are, composer-bassist Riaan Vosloo has created a moody, idiosyncratic soundworld all his own under the name Examples of Twelves. It is simultaneously futuristic and retro, wrangling electronics, improv, beats and swing within a contemporary jazz framework. His live sextet features three horns and two drummers, playing acoustic and electronic sets." "The Guardian"

Based on information from band's site.

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4.92 | 4 ratings
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 The Way Things Are by EXAMPLES OF TWELVES album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.17 | 3 ratings

The Way Things Are
Examples of Twelves Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

3 stars The Way Things Are is the 2nd album in the quasi-trilogy "Things", and, IMO, it's the weakest one. Maybe that's why it has not been released on vinyl, unlike The Way Things Were and Things Will Be? In reality, I think the album didn't get issued on vinyl because it consists of 3 suites, which would be hard to fit on a LP without changing the original sequence of the suites (13 + 20 + 14 minutes).

The PA entry describes this album as "fusion", but most of it is more like experimental prog .. a tad too experimental, if you ask me. About half of the album is just a collection of weird- and not-so-weird sounds that do not interact with each other very well, and thus simply fail to fit together into a listenable piece of music.

Only 3 stars, therefore.

 The Way Things Were by EXAMPLES OF TWELVES album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.92 | 4 ratings

The Way Things Were
Examples of Twelves Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

5 stars Examples Of Twelves is one of the ad hoc bands, thriving under the auspices of Impossible Ark, which is a cross between a purpose-designed record label and a loose collective of young and talented, London-based jazz musicians. Two gentlemen, a bassist/composer Riaan Vosloo and a producer/engineer Benedic Lamdin serve as the center of gravity of Impossible Ark.

The Examples Of Twelves team have made what appears to be a trilogy about "things", The Way Things Were being its most prominent component.

The album consists of four fairly long and beautifully flowing compositions. Style-wise, The Way Things Were is a highly intellectual, complex (without being abstruse or indigestible) and emotionally safe fusion album that could be described as a contemporary development of the modal improvisational jazz of the 1960s.

The overall sound of The Way Things Were is quite distinctive; I couldn't describe what it is like, but I would state that it would be a worthy addition to anyone's contemporary jazz fusion collection.

A note for vinyl lovers: the album is, or at least was, available on vinyl (although not exactly cheaply), and, from what I understand, analog sound engineering was used to produce it, which is never a bad thing.

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition.

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