Friday 23 February 2024
The Brandon Allen Groove Band is the Australian/UK saxophonist and composer Brandon Allen’s new groove project.
The group performs brand new contemporary jazz/groove compositions as well as fresh interpretations of unheard material from Brandon’s previous funk outfit (Double Whisky Amnesia), rearranged specifically for this lineup.
Expect funky baselines, otherworldly drum grooves, soaring synthesisers and intricate and intoxicating sax/guitar melodies.
Musical influences include Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, John Scofield, Tom Scott, David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers, film music and electronica.
Although it’s a relatively new group, the band has already sold out 2 nights at Ronnie Scott’s and has a busy touring schedule in the works for 2024. Confirmed 2024 UK dates include Music Spoken Here, Guildford Jazz, The Crypt, Swanage Jazz Festival and Jazz Café POSK. The band will record an album sometime in early 2024.
“...A superb blend of diverse improvisation and stellar ensemble interaction...”
“…A saxophone heavyweight, at the height of his powers…” - Blues and Soul Magazine
Brandon Allen – saxes and compositions
Mike Outram - guitar
Hamish Balfour - keyboards
Chris Attwell – electric bass
Jamie Murray – drums
Brandon Allen is one of the UK's most in demand saxophonists, working with a wide variety of artists across various genres.
He leads the Brandon Allen Quartet and Sextet, The Stanley Turrentine Project, and the Brandon Allen Groove Band.
The saxophonist with The Kyle Eastwood Band, touring internationally.
Has performed with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Omar Lyefook, Gary Husband, Adam Nussbaum, Stefano Di Battista, Ibrahim Maalouf, and numerous others.
Mike Outram is highly regarded as one of the UK's most accomplished and virtuosic guitarists. Mike has toured and/or recorded with Carleen Anderson, Tim Garland, Chick Corea, Steven Wilson, Nikki Iles, Herbie Mann, The Cinematic Orchestra, Laura Rossi and others. He is also an extremely respected jazz educator and in general, a bit of a 'guitar guru'.
Hamish Balfour has worked with artists such as Incognito, Taj Mahal, Yolanda Charles, Odyssey, and recently supported Richard Bona at Pizza Express with his own project.
His playing blends the sonorities and techniques of classical piano with a deep understanding of the language of jazz improv, and his lyricism and sensitivity fit the introspective mood of the compositions.
Chris Attwell is an English electric bass player/composer born in Bournemouth, England.
At the age of 25 he moved to Valencia (Spain) where he co-founded the jazz/fusion group Valmuz.
Valmuz has gone on to win various musical awards across the globe including 1st place at the International Jazz Competition in Romania in 2019.
His highly fluent style and broad sonic palette is a welcome addition to Brandon’s group.
Jamie Murray is the youngest member of the band but has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and explosive drummers on the scene today.
Jamie's leads 'Beat Replacement', a fiery post fusion band that has featured the likes of Gary Husband, Dave Preston, and Mike Janisch.
He has also performed with Zhenya Strigalev, Tim Lefebvre, Sunra Arkestra stars Knoel Scott and Cecil Brooks, Quentin Collins and many of the UK's top jazz and crossover artists.
The Brandon Allen Groove Band to nowy projekt australijsko-brytyjskiego saksofonisty i kompozytora Brandona Allena.
Grupa wykonuje współczesne kompozycje jazzowe/groove, a także świeże interpretacje niesłyszanego materiału z poprzedniego funkowego zespołu Brandona (Double Whiskey Amnesia), przearanżowane specjalnie dla tego składu.
Spodziewajcie się funkowych linii basowych, nieziemskich rytmów perkusyjnych, niebosiężnych syntezatorów oraz zawiłych i odurzających melodii saksofonu/gitary.
Muzyczne wpływy obejmują Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, John Scofield, Tom Scott, David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers, muzykę filmową i elektronikę.
„…Saksofon wagi ciężkiej, u szczytu swoich mocy…” – Blues and Soul Magazine
Brandon Allen – saksofony i kompozycje
Mike Outram – gitara
Hamish Balfour – instrumenty klawiszowe
Chris Attwell – bas elektryczny
Jamie Murray – perkusja