View Full Version : Portishead Rhythm section, The Blessing to perform 12th July

24-06-2008, 11:00 AM
Saturday 12th July 2008
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester
£7 ticket ~ Doors 8pm
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The Blessing has grown out of trip-hop cult band Portishead's powerful rock-driven rhythm section (drummer Clive Deamer and bass guitarist Jim Barr) with two young jazzers as its front line, in former National Youth Jazz Orchestra trumpeter Pete Judge and tenor saxophonist Jake McMurchie.

Like the popular and sometime Mercury-nominated Acoustic Ladyland, once described as sounding like The Damned with a saxophone, The Blessing couples hard-hitting, high-volume rock with wailing jazz-horn choruses. The group's flat-out drive, fiery virtuosity and strong, anthemic tunes certainly grabbed the audience, including the scattering of older jazz devotees lurking in the shadows like me. And those qualities, plus the association with Portishead's reputation, should bring The Blessing a lot of admirers, some of whom might well go on to discover a wider world of jazz and improvised music. - The GUARDIAN

The Blessing : “A Blast” - Mojo Magazine (http://www.theblessing.co.uk)


Black Carrot (market harborough) have just signed a deal with TIn Ange Records. They've built their strong reputation from continuous striking performances on the Midlands circuit since early 2000. They are a kraut-jazz-rock group that perform fierce and abstract music that draws on Krautrock, jazz, folk and the NY punk loft days of the 70s. The Carrot can also be placed amongst the current London rockjazz scene inc. Acoustic ladyland, The Blessing, Polar Bear and Led Bib. Black Carrot incorporate saxophone, clarinet, bass recorder, melodica, keys, 2 drummers, guitarist and bassist.Having been influenced by the wonderful world of Krautrock acts such as Can, Faust and Neu! These guys have also been invited by Jean-Herve's (Faust) to perform at the Avant Garde Festival Schriphorst this July.

'As febrile and hostile as Van Der Graaf Generator, as pounding and grainy as Faust, as instinctive and mercurial as Can, this is one far-out combo.'

Black Carrot - Fractured Aural Excursions (http://www.blackcarrot.net)