Contemporary Dance Floor Jazz That Pays Respect To Its Originators
Brothers Matt and Andrew Colman have become something of a force to be reckoned with on the international jazz scene. Their eponymous debut, released on Wah Wah 45s in 2011 caused something of a stir, highlighting as it did not only the duo’s flair on trombone and trumpet/flugelhorn respectively, but also their ear for producing contemporary dance floor jazz that pays respect to originators like Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Herbolzheimer and Francy Bolland, as well as today’s more electronic inspired producers – although no one does it quite like the Colmans.
Having played with myriad names between them, including The Herbaliser, Pee Wee Ellis and 4-Hero, the siblings from Bristol soon called up some of the finest musicians they knew, put a band together, played across Europe, and even put a Big Band together that closed the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2013.
After a hugely successful album, and a string of highly sought after seven-inch singles (supported by Jazz FM, BBC 6Music and Radio 1!) Colman Brothers are at last due to release their highly anticipated sophomore LP in the autumn of 2015.
Colman Brothers live show sees trumpet and trombone lead the way, backed up with Fender Rhodes, and held down by double bass and drums. Vocals come courtesy of Colman sister Sara, plus the occasional guest, making their slick show one that works perfectly both for the jazz supper club and the Sunday afternoon at your favourite festival.
High-impact, high-energy sound: intelligent yet danceable music which satisfied both the discerning aficionado and the Saturday night reveller. With one foot in the ‘60s brass big band sound and the other firmly planted in the musical aesthetics of today, their distinctive electronica-fuelled grooves blend seamlessly with tight sectional playing and stellar featured soloists.
Steve Mead, Artistic Director, manchester jazz festival