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Electronica meets future-jazz in Portico Quartet’s melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of jazz improv. One that draws on electronica, ambient dance and rock music in an intense blend all their own. It’s the mix of ethereal sax, pulsing electronics, otherworldly loops, resonant hang, stripped back drum grooves and earthy ... Read more in Amazon's Portico Quartet Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B000X3SZ38
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 Mercury Prize Nominee! Portico Quartet are four young musicians from South London who sound like nothing you've ever heard before. Living and playing together they describe their ethos as like an Indy band that plays post-Jazz, and their unique sound has won them fans from Gilles Peterson and Notion to BBC Music Magazine, and made them Time Out's Jazz, Folk and World music album of the year. Bable.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having heard some of this band's performances replayed on BBC3, I was intrigued by their novel sound. Indeed, so were judges, as they won a Mercury Award of the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers [an alternative to the Brit Awards]. So what is the sound of the Portico Quartet? The listener will discern a base of saxophone-dominant ECM-like Scandanavian free jazz with a touch of the Caribbean via their musical instruments called hangs (nitrided steel, double-convex, harmonically tuned, resonator metallophones). There is also a lyricism of contemporary alternative rock and especially the old Windham Hill group Shadowfax. Intellectual rather than visceral is another way to describe their music, although some sweet, gentle, danceable rhythms emerge at times. The musicians do not sing but some vocalization does occur in the track Cittàgazze. Warning: the last track Pompidou has two parts with a long silent middle, so wait for it all. It will be worth it. Such an extraordinary debut! Now, I hope there is more creativity and invention left in them and that there will be more than one or perhaps two albums.
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