2014 sees Mercury Prize nominated rock-jazzers Led Bib celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the release of their fifth studio album, and third for American label Cunieform, 'The People in Your Neighbourhood'. On the same date the band also release a limited edition vinyl album of live music entitled 'The Good Egg,' recorded over two London shows last year.
Led Bib retains its original line-up of 10 years ago, when the infamous five met at Middlesex University and formed the band for Mark Holub’s university project. The group are bandleader Mark Holub, drums; Pete Grogan, saxophone; Chris Williams, saxophone; Liran Donin, double bass and Toby McLaren keyboards/ piano. Looking back on a decade of music that takes in seven albums, hundreds of live shows and a string of accolades, Led Bib can feel content that they have punched through genre barriers to fly the flag for progressive music in the UK and that they forged a path where a host of new exciting bands would follow.
Described as “a lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine” by Time Out and “among very few artists who seem less interested in following anyone else's traditions than starting their own” by Yahoo Music, Led Bib’s ability to blend groove, improvisation, thrash and everything in-between means that their live shows have become renowned for carrying along their audiences with an infectious energy more affiliated to their avant rock peers than a jazz group, making this set of live performances unmissable.
released May 13, 2014
All compositions by Mark Holub except “Shapes And Sizes” by Chris Williams.
“Giant Bean,” "Recycling Saga," "Shapes And Sizes" - Recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club, London by Shaun Crook, 16 February 2013.
“Imperial Green” - Recorded live at the Match and Fuse Festival, Rich Mix, London by Carlos Boix, 26 July 2013.
Mixed by Ben Fenner at Sphere Studios, London, 4 August 2013.
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios, London, 25 November 2013.
Produced by Led Bib.
Mark Holub – Drums
Liran Donin – Bass
Toby McLaren – Keyboards
Pete Grogan – Alto Saxophone
Chris Williams – Alto Saxophone
Elton Dean on list last (?) studio recording collaborating with the Belgian prog jazzers The Wrong Object.
What a pity they couldn't continue their common path!
As the formidable Mr MoonJune urges us to listen to the late great Elton Dean, blackmailing by offering this for one lousy buck, we should oblige, but please give a little more ;-)
Fans of Soft Machine / Soft Machine Legacy can't be disappointed by this bold statement! Carsten Pieper