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Deidre House Lively big band jazz. Some of it sounds more traditional, some of it casually rocks harder than most rock bands on full tilt. All of it is interesting yet accessible. Favorite track: three.
Al Swainger
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Al Swainger Fantastic variety, musicianship & writing. Jazz as it should be : reflecting the musical world of it's time yet striving for something new without ignoring the past. Vibrant, eclectic & moving - I can't recommend it enough. Favorite track: broken.
Hugh Tollyfield
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Hugh Tollyfield I love the power and energy of this piece. I've seen the band twice and each time the performance was electrifying. Favorite track: bake.
Patricio Zenklussen
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Patricio Zenklussen Big band avant-garde jazzy music. Listening to this record produces me a very strange, energetic sensation. Melancholia, suspense and action all together on this fine piece of art. Favorite track: bake.
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bake 06:44
three 06:09
anymore 06:04
jazzwalk 05:31
elf 07:18
sisterhood 07:26
broken 11:28


Efpi Records is extremely proud to present Big Ideas, the eagerly anticipated debut album from the Beats & Pieces Big Band - one of the UK's most talked about emerging jazz acts and winners of the 2011 European Young Artists' Jazz Award.


released March 12, 2012

Ben Cottrell : director
Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte : saxophones
Tim Cox, Simon Lodge, Paul Strachan : trombone
Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters : trumpet
Anton Hunter : guitar
Patrick Hurley : piano/Rhodes
Harrison Wood : bass
Finlay Panter : drums

all tracks composed and arranged by Ben Cottrell
except sisterhood - composed and arranged by Ben Watte


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Beats & Pieces Big Band Manchester, UK

Beats & Pieces Big Band are one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the North of England’s fertile jazz scene this century. Under the direction of conductor and composer Ben Cottrell, they are at the forefront of a new generation of large ensembles reinventing big band music for the 21st century. As Cottrell says “Beats & Pieces is not your average big band, rather a band that’s big”. ... more

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