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Album · 2019

Filed under Nu Jazz
By PORTICO QUARTET

Tracklist

1 With, Beside, Against 4:11
2 Signals in the Dusk 5:30
3 Gradient 4:34
4 Ways of Seeing 6:09
5 Memory Palace 1:32
6 Offset 4:31
7 Dissident Gardens 5:45
8 Double Helix 6:47
9 Immediately Visible 5:49

Total length: 44:48

Line-up/Musicians

Duncan Bellamy: drums and electronics;
Milo Fitzpatrick: bass;
Keir Vine: hangs and keys;
Jack Wyllie: saxophone and keys;
Francesca Ter-Berg: cello;
Flora Curzon: violin, viola

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Gondwana Records GONDCD034 / GONDLP034 (UK)

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Brits Portico Quartet always had very special place on British nu jazz scene since they arrived more than a decade ago. Among very firsts in a genre their sound was closer to Brian Eno ambient than melodic chamber jazz/songs-oriented soft fusion of their scene's colleagues. But even more important - their ambient-jazz was very organic thanks to the use of exotic "hang"(form of steel-pan) instead of modern electronics of more club-oriented bands.

They received an early fame and some decline, changes in line-up and hardly successful flirting with vocal-based pop. With "Memory Streams" they return back to basis and it's their true return to form of sort.

Oppositely to their very early releases, band's fans wouldn't find an unexpected sound and very new music in general; on Portico's new album they play mostly everything they already played before. But they do it well.

Very melodic well executed "organic" ambient jazz,very accessible and often balancing on the dangerous edge with "elevators music" but fortunately never crossing the border. Not really a listening for one's brain but simply beautiful music for many's heart.

Band's traveling Europe with new program these days so don't miss your chance to see them playing live.

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