Trio Riot – OUT NOW!

Here at Efpi we’re all really excited that the debut album from Trio Riot (Mette Rasmussen/Sam Andreae/David Meier) is finally here… We’re also really pleased that the record has been very well received by reviewers so far – check out some of the things people have had to say below and then judge for yourself!

The album is available from the Efpi online shop here, or from Amazon or iTunes if you prefer. It comes in a very classy cardboard case, screenprinted and letterpressed by hand with artwork and insert/poster all designed by Simen Engen Larsen in Trondheim, Norway. Take a look at the CD (and Sam’s living room) in the short video below.

“When something like Trio Riot comes along it feels totally refreshing, giving a new lease of life to one’s enthusiasm for jazz as an adventurous art. They play with such verve, incisiveness, conviction and sheer enjoyment that everything they do sounds fresh and immediate” BBC Music Magazine *****

“There’s more stored energy on this record than the contents of a warehouse full of Red Bull” Stephen Graham, Marlbank ****

“Any band that manages to sound like a collision of The Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Albert Ayler and the Art Ensemble Chicago is all right by me” Jazzwise

Trio Riot will be celebrating the album release with a short series of dates in England next week, including album launches at The Vortex in London and Freedom Principle in Manchester. Full details of all dates below, don’t miss them!

Monday 24th March: The Vortex, LONDON – 8pm, £9
Tuesday 25th March: Jazz Cafe, NEWCASTLE – 8pm, £8/£6
Wednesday 26th March: Dulcimer, MANCHESTER – 8pm, £5
Thursday 27th March: Free Range at the Vegbox Cafe, CANTERBURY – 8pm FREE

Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Releases, Trio Riot | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Trio Riot – New Album + UK Tour

Efpi are proud to present the debut album from Trio Riot, a hard-hitting Anglo-Danish-Swiss punk-jazz outfit consisting of Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone), Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone) and David Meier (drums). Formed in Helsinki in 2009, the band will be familiar to audiences across Europe having toured in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England, and each of the three band members are emerging on the thriving Northern European improv and experimental music scene in their own right.

Trio Riot relate their sense of energy to the 1980s British punk scene, with an approach to sound inspired by Ornette Coleman and a compositional style frequently drawing inspiration from 20th century contemporary music. The likes of Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne, The Thing, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, X-ray Spex, Eric Dolphy, Morton Feldman, Jim Black and The Zs are also key amongst their varied influences.

The band have heavily developed their sound while touring in England, particularly in the north where their main rehearsal base is in Macclesfield (around the corner from the childhood home of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis), and their music draws on the town’s hard-working, Northern, working class roots in it’s gritty power and openness. Check out their anthemic cover of the Joy Division tune Disorder above.

Trio Riot will be released on Efpi Records on 17th March 2014 and is available to pre-order now from the Efpi shop and Amazon (the album will also be available on iTunes on release). The band will be embarking on a short tour across England beginning on 24th March in London with dates in Newcastle, Manchester and Canterbury – full details below.

Monday 24th March: The Vortex, LONDON – 8pm, £9
Tuesday 25th March: Jazz Cafe, NEWCASTLE – 8pm, £8/£6
Wednesday 26th March: Dulcimer, MANCHESTER – 8pm, £5
Thursday 27th March: Free Range at the Vegbox Cafe, CANTERBURY – 8pm FREE

Posted: March 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs, Releases, Trio Riot | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Let Spin UK Tour

Hot on the heels of the release of their eponymous debut album, tonight (Monday 17th) Let Spin head off to Bath before embarking on an extensive tour supported by Jazz Services. The tour will include not one but TWO official album launches – one in the North (Matt & Phred’s, Manchester with Freedom Principle DJs: Thursday 20th) and one in the South (The Vortex, London: Thursday 27th). Full dates are below.

Monday 17th: The Bell Inn, BATH – 9pm Free
Tuesday 18th: Dempseys, CARDIFF – 9pm £7/£5
Wednesday 19th: The Lescar, SHEFFIELD – 9pm £5
Thursday 20th: Matt & Phreds Jazz Club, MANCHESTER – 9pm Free
Friday 21st: Fox and Newt, LEEDS – 8:30pm £8/£6
Saturday 22nd: Zeffirelli’s, AMBLESIDE – 8:30pm Free
Sunday 23rd: Splinter @ Bridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE – 8pm £8/£6
Tuesday 25th: The Art Bar (Formerly The Bullingdon), OXFORD – 9pm Free
Wednesday 26th: The Tin Music & Arts Centre, COVENTRY – 8:30pm £6 adv, £8/£4
Thursday 27th: The Vortex, LONDON – 8:30pm £9/£6

Let Spin Green Note

If you still need some convincing to come along to one of the gigs, check out the album in full below while reading what some of the critics said in their reviews:

Fans of Acoustic Ladyland & Led Bib will go for it as might followers of Bill Frisell, EST, Get The Blessing, or even such head-on rockers as Queens of the Stone Age. A significant new UK jazz forceThe Guardian (John Fordham) ****

While it’s clear to see the influences of the member’s previous work, they have managed to create their own sound utilising strong edgy grooves to great effectJazzwise

British punk-jazz with a wiry electrical crackle… There are nods towards the rockier end of ’70s fusion, but there is a woozy beauty to slow-burnersUncut

The quartet’s debut recording finds them gleefully rollicking through a selection of pieces that, while pleasingly boisterous in places, finds the space the display the band’s ample subtleties – recommendedJazzUK

Some of the music is the kind of full on “skronk” one might expect from the members’ pedigrees but there’s also a high degree of subtlety and sophistication alongside the sonic blusterIan Mann, The Jazzmann ****

A mix of exciting, often frantic, solos and ensembles as well as contrasting dark melancholic pieces… An album that could sway some of the more conservative jazzers into uncharted waters and encourage them to return many timesLance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

Posted: February 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs, Let Spin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Let Spin – debut album released 10th February

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Efpi are proud to announce the release of the eponymous debut album from Let Spin, an exciting collaboration between four of the UK’s top genre-crossing instrumentalists – guitarist Moss Freed (The Moss Project), bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland), drummer Finlay Panter (Beats & Pieces Big Band) and saxophonist Chris Williams (Led Bib). Meeting through a merging of the London and Manchester music scenes, the quartet quickly discovered a shared musical space within which they have found their own unique language.

Across the album’s 8 tracks (with composition credits split equally between the band), influences as far-reaching as Rage Against The Machine, Beck, Bill Frisell, Jim Black and Middle Eastern folk music collide to form a cohesive mix of angular riffs, wistful melodies, euphoric improv and heavy grooves. It is this seamless ability to draw on everything from Americana to Eastern-music and experimental rock to free improv that makes Let Spin so engaging.

The album will be released on 10th March 2014, and is available to preorder now from the Efpi online shop, Amazon and iTunes. Take a listen to ‘Shapes & Sizes’ by Chris Williams below.

Let Spin will also be embarking on an extensive UK tour during February to support the release of the album, supported by Jazz Services. The tour includes album launches in both the North and South of England, at Matt & Phred’s in Manchester on February 20th (with Freedom Principle DJs) and The Vortex in London on February 27th. Full dates and details below and on the band’s own website – all upcoming dates for all Efpi artists can also be found on the right of this page.

Monday 17th: The Bell Inn, BATH – 9pm Free
Tuesday 18th: Dempseys, CARDIFF – 9pm £7/£5
Wednesday 19th: The Lescar, SHEFFIELD – 9pm £5
Thursday 20th: Matt & Phreds Jazz Club, MANCHESTER – 9pm Free
Friday 21st: Fox and Newt, LEEDS – 8:30pm £8/£6
Saturday 22nd: Zeffirelli’s, AMBLESIDE – 8:30pm Free
Sunday 23rd: Splinter @ Bridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE – 8pm £8/£6
Tuesday 25th: The Art Bar (Formerly The Bullingdon), OXFORD – 9pm Free
Wednesday 26th: The Tin Music & Arts Centre, COVENTRY – 8:30pm £6 adv, £8/£4
Thursday 27th: The Vortex, LONDON – 8:30pm £9/£6

Posted: February 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Let Spin, Releases | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Normal Gimbel – I Like You Bite You

Efpi are proud and excited to release into the world the debut album from Normal Gimbel, an a cappella vocal duo based in London comprising of Alice Grant (Fulborn Teversham, Matthew Herbert, Leafcutter John) and Ruth Goller (Melt Yourself Down, Acoustic Ladyland, Bojan Z).

Born from a typo, they live their lives in furry woods stealing stilton and holding tongues. It wasn’t always easy, because parents sometimes mess you up and love can be too intense (the only way out is biting), but fortunately the end result of these experiences was ‘I Like You Bite You‘, their first album and an intriguing and engaging collection of scary lullabies.

You can listen to ‘I Like You Bite You’ in full below and download it via through the Efpi online shop, then follow Normal Gimbel on twitter @normalgimbel for all the latest goings on. Of course you can also follow Efpi @efpirecords for info and updates on all the Efpi family.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Normal Gimbel, Releases | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Johnny Hunter Quartet – Appropriations


Friends of Efpi will already know about drummer Johnny Hunter. He features in his brother Anton’s trio, as well as having performed at our Freedom Principle nights with several different groups over the years. In 2012, he brought together this quartet to further explore his experiments with the freedoms and challenges presented by the absence of a harmony instrument. Johnny’s compositions for the group draw on his long-standing interest in the piano-less groups of Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson, through to the more recent ensembles of Dave Douglas, John Zorn and Jim Black – also a massive influence on Johnny’s drumming. The quartet have quickly established themselves as a live draw across the North of England, regularly appearing at Matt & Phred’s in Manchester in particular, with this constant schedule of live gigs culminating in the summer of 2013 with the recording of the group’s debut EP Appropriations, which we are proud to announce will be released on Efpi Records on 16th December 2013.

The members of the quartet were hand picked by Johnny for their individual musical voices, which he ingeniously combines to create an intensely tight group dynamic without ever compromising the freedom of each voice. As Johnny explains: “Graham approaches the group more like Ornette Coleman or Don Cherry might whereas Ben is a lot more melodic, although they often switch roles. Stewart’s playing has such drive and in my opinion is a large part of the group’s energy.” All four of the quartet are highly active in the thriving Manchester jazz scene, with Graham and Ben key members of Efpi stablemates Beats & Pieces Big Band, and Johnny and Stewart key fixtures of a number of bands – Johnny in particular regularly performing in Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield with bands such as Blind Monk Trio, Marley Chingus, Engine Room Favourites or his own reggae/ska band Skamel.

Have a listen to the EP and pre-order here, or come along to the launch gig this Tuesday, 10th December at the Creative Space Jazz Club in Manchester to pick up a copy in a person.

Graham South (trumpet), Ben Watte (tenor saxophone), Stewart Wilson (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums)

Live dates
Tuesday 10th December @ The Slug and Lettuce, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6QZ
Sunday 23rd February @ Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap, 39 Bridge Street, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 2AA
Tuesday 25th February @ ParrJazz, Studio 2, 33-45 Parr Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN
Wednesday 26th February @ Lescar, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZF
Sunday 2nd March @ Splinter at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ

Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Johnny Hunter Quartet, Releases | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Silence Blossoms Tour and Video

Here is the stunning new video from Silence Blossoms. Created by the ever-wonderful Angela Guyton and shot on location at the group’s recording sessions last year in deepest Derbyshire.

Lady White from Silence Blossoms on Vimeo.

The single (Lady White/Invisible Mender) is officially out on Monday, but you can enjoy it here now, or catch them on tour this week and next in the UK and Sweden.

October 4th – Fusebox, Leeds (with Chris Sharkey)
October 5th – St Margarets Church, Manchester (hosted by David Birchall)
October 6th – The Music Exchange, Nottingham (noon)
October 6th – One Note Sunday, Derby (afternoon) (hosted by Corey Mwamba)
October 7th – Boat-ting, London (improv set without Gus)
October 10th – Fylkingen, Stockholm (with Lisa Ullén)
October 15th – Jazz i Stan, Stockholm Jazz Festival

Posted: October 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Silence Blossoms | No Comments »

Freedom Principle – Large Ensemble Blowout Madness! 15th Sept

The first of our Freedom Principle gigs in our Autumn 2013 season sees 20+ of Manchester and Leeds' finest musicians meeting in two large ensembles for a night of jazz, noise and improvisation craziness! Two groups led by Efpi's own Anton Hunter and Sam Andreae will face each other in a battle of epic proportions – in more ways than one… Join us at KroBar on Oxford Road (opposite Manchester University Students' Union) on Sunday 15th September, anything could happen!

KroBar, 325 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG
£5/£3 entry
Sunday 15th September
7:00pm doors, music 7:30pm

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Paradox Ensemble : Entanglement OUT NOW

Following on from a triumphant live debut at the Manchester Jazz Festival this weekend, Efpi Records are delighted to present Entanglement, the debut release from trumpeter Nick Walters' Paradox Ensemble. Take a listen below then head on over to the Efpi shop to download or grab a limited edition CD copy – based on how they were flying off the shelves at mjf following their gig they won't last long…

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If you still need convincing, here's just a selection of the response to the Paradox gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival last Saturday with some photos by Peter Fay:

'Big dense lush harmonies mashed together with disjoint grooves and lots of intertwining lines… Swing became groove became swing groove, all amounting to a joyful noise' Adrian Stevenson, The Ring Modulator

'an impressive and exciting set with all the energy of [labelmates] Beats and Pieces plus some interesting use of electronics' Tony Dudley-Evans writing at the Jazz Breakfast


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Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Paradox Ensemble, Releases | Tags: , , | Comments Off