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Bruise With Support From Totton Glass

Sat 1 November 2008 // 19:30

(Sat 1st / 7.30pm / £7/5)

“the most kick-ass Electro-Free jazz ensemble in Europe . . . like Supersilent channelling 70s' Pharaoh Sanders through an echo box . . . the sheer intensity of Bruise at full tilt will convert you to their cause” (Time Out)

Inspired by the dislocated rhythms of Captain Beefheart and the endless repetitions of Terry Riley, Tony Bevan's quintet Bruise fuses his tenor and bass saxophone pyrotechnics with the multi-percussive talents of ex-Jazz Warrior Orphy Robinson, the abstract guitar textures of Glockenspiel's Adrian Dollemore, and the unsurpassed free-improv rhythm section of John Edwards and Mark Sanders into a swelling mass of electro-acoustic beauty. Combining the exploratory verve of The Necks with the durational intensity of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and the free-jazz fire of Ayler and Coltrane, Bruise stir up an intense swirl of extended avant-funk and abstract electronic texture,
illuminated by shards of pure acoustic lyricism and held together by deep rhythmic poise and precision. Are bags our packed!

Support comes from Bristol's own experimental super-group Totton Glass, consisting of ex-Hunting Lodge members Dan Bennett and Clive Henry and acousto-electric-maverick Irina Artamonova, who cook up an alternately sparkling and searing mass of guitar, electronics, harp and torn vocal chords.

“free improvisation for people who think they don't like free improvisation—and for those who know they do” (All About Jazz, UK)

“one of the most thrilling things I’ve heard this year . . . one of the best ensembles out there” (Jazzcorner, USA)

“a joined at the head, heart and hip, genre-busting, genius lineup” (All About Jazz, UK)

“this must rank as one of the best nights of Free Music I’ve seen. Genius.” (Offminor, UK)

“intuitive group composition taken to a very advanced level” (Financial Times, UK)
“I’ve never found myself dancing to an improv record before, but that’s what happened!” (JazzWise, UK)

“the music has a remarkable tautness and sense of purpose. The title track is even a strange, lurching, regular tune, that sounds like Jan Garbarek in a bathroom with a Jimi Hendrix disc playing next door. Free-music with a lumpy, guttural charm.” (John Fordham, The Guardian, UK)


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