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“Another ambitious step for the trumpeter Andre Canniere and a very classy sextet, including pianist Ivo Neame, excellent saxophonist Tori Freestone and resourceful singer Brigitte Beraha… Canniere’s range-spanning trumpet and bright runs, and Freestone’s sensitivity to spacing and dramatic narrative accompany Beraha’s impassive eloquence with the lyrics… confirms his jazz-composing power and constructive writing for improvisers. The band is terrific.” – ★★★★ The Guardian
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“A fine example of a stellar line-up achieving a remarkable amalgam of depth, warmth and sensitivity.” – ★★★★ All About Jazz
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“The Darkening Blue is Canniere’s most ambitious, wide-ranging and personal album to date.” – Jazzwise Magazine (Feature)
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“A reminder of original contemporary jazz’s astounding ability, without warning, to coax wide-ranging, often tear-welling emotions from deep within.”
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“This is sophisticated yet accessible music, immaculately performed by a crack band of highly compatible musicians.” – Jazz Views
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“A tremendous band, who all impress individually and collectively.” – The Northern Echo
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“The American-born trumpeter has emerged as one of the most compelling artists on the current London jazz scene, and this follow-up to his acclaimed Forward Space more than justifies that claim. His rich and flexible tonal range and highly inventive improvisations are supported by a powerful quintet.” –★★★★ The Scotsman
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“An impressive collaboration with imaginative displays of virtuosic improvisation.” – Jazz Journal
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“Audaciously crafted works that sound like hymns with hip-hop drums beneath and fluttering, warmly Iberian trumpet lines within; solemn rhythm-puzzles of quizzical melodies above snappy bass-hooks and backbeats; mournful, precisely intoned trumpet ballads; and percussively punchy, melodically startling themes” – The Guardian
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“A state-of-the-art acoustic post-bop release with a fine band the expat American trumpeter has assembled, Canniere’s tunes are strong, his sound dark in hue at times and with an edge to it where necessary. Convincing in every detail.” – Marlbank
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“One of the best debut recordings in a long time…a real gem” – Jazzwise
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“Bright, spearing one minute, meditative and self-communing the next, Canniere constantly draws the ear throughout this consistently absorbing and well-balanced set of fresh, bright originals.” – London Jazz
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“Coalescence is the perfect title for this engrossing collection from Andre Canniere… refreshing to hear an album with such rare ambition and desire to connect with real world issues.” – All About Jazz
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“One of the most exciting young trumpeters emerging on the scene… some superb moments of musical fire… highly recommended.” – Jazz Camera
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“A splendid album from American trumpeter Andre Canniere.” – Jazz NYT (Norway)
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“This is an album of peerless musicianship and terrific production, doubtless with serious intent.” – York Press

 

“Canniere’s compositions contrast breezy folky jazz elements with a darker harmonic language that draws from Radiohead and a rawer rock-ish groove-based approach straight out of the New York alt jazz scene… Canniere’s trumpet playing treads a path somewhere between the Celtic folk of Colin Steele, Kenny Wheeler and the more soaring, fiery edge of a Dave Douglas or Christian Scott.” – Jazzwise
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Forward Space ‘Best Albums of 2012′ (Critics’ List) – Jazzwise Magazine

 

“A masterly new release from trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere… This new quintet somehow has the ability to continually shed new light on their offering, the various nuances frequently revealing themselves differently each time – an indicator of their superb collaborative musicality. An excellent programme, and definitely a repeat player.” – AP Reviews
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“Coalescence is the quintet’s second release on Whirlwind Recordings and finds all the musicians on fine form; Canniere has a keen ear for a tuneful hook and leads his band through the set with confidence and amateur sense of groove.” – Jazz UK
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“In recent months Whirlwind Recordings has released a number of releases that may well feature in the Album of the Year scenario… This is just such a disc.” – Bebop Spoken Here
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“One of the brightest emerging talents on the UK jazz scene.” – The Jazz Mann
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“This engaging and diverse collection of Canniere’s own compositions is, at times, reminiscent of the styles of John Hollenbeck, Maria Scneider and others… The depth of Canniere’s creativity as a composer is demonstrated in the way he avails himself of different options, in terms of form, texture, orchestration, timbre, rhythm/meter. Canniere’s playing is very satisfying to hear, both during improvised and pre-composed material.” – International Trumpet Guild
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“Forward Space is a promising blend of punchy Latin-funk, fusion guitar effects, loop-pattern pieces, sighing horn-led melodies – and clever writing, which establishes an exhilarating collective strength.” – The Guardian
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“On his UK debut the trumpeter, who earned his chops amid New York’s famed Downtown scene, employs intuitive improvisational skills and a compositional depth that’s become characteristic of the many varied bands and musicians responsible for UK Jazz’s international recognition.” – Mercury Prize Recommends

 

“Canniere demonstrates an ability to mix and match influences from different genres to create an original concoction all his own….Canniere takes his inspirations from world politics and economics as well as from his own family, rendering Forward Space never predictable, but always played from the heart.” – All About Jazz
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“An impressive debut from a technically assured, highly individual soloist and a gifted composer.” – London Jazz
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“An intelligent and stimulating amalgam of jazz and rock elements. For all their jazz sophistication Canniere’s tunes often have a song like structure and flair for melody.” – The Jazz Mann
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“Canniere leads his hugely talented post-bop fusion band through propulsive originals from new album ‘Forward Space’. Packed with heavy modern grooves and artful melodies, it’s the perfect vehicle for the trumpeter’s engaging angular solos.” – TimeOut London

 

“The music on Forward Space presents a powerful argument for directness and visceral experience in jazz” – Music OMH
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“The music takes off most impressively in the edgier groove-based tunes like ‘Crunch’, ‘Lost in Translation’ and the title track, but they also investigate more gently impressionistic material in a couple of tunes, and Canniere’s concluding dedication to his infant son, ‘Song For J’, on which he plays all the instruments, is very pretty.” – The List

 

“An interesting UK debut that reveals a thoughtful musician with an open mind to his craft” – UK Vibe
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“the trumpet/guitar timbral contrast is used most effectively, and the writing is rich, making this very much a group session rather than leaving lots of room for conventional soloing against a holding rhythm section” – The Jazz Breakfast

 

“Canniere’s intriguing works ignite the imagination” – All Music Guide

 

“Trumpeter Andre Canniere is yet another young musician who seeks to make music that not only draws on the worlds of Jazz, but also of Rock and elsewhere… the compositions are a far cry from the staid template contained on many Jazz records… harmonic drama and consistently shifting rhythmic sequences.” – Cadence Magazine

 

“Andre Canniere’s debut is aural evidence that good things can descend from the Ivory Tower… As of Yet is a strong opening statement from Canniere, who has immersed himself in the New York scene with everyone from Maria Schneider and Donny McCaslin… His debut gives listeners a reason to wait at the bottom of the Ivory Tower to see what else might come down from the hallowed halls of academia.” – All About Jazz

 

“Canniere’s music is a blend of electric and acoustic sounds, open to the pop/rock attitude and phraseology with trades through the indie routes. His compositional style draws from several contemporary influences including Dave Douglas, Michael Brecker and Bill Frisell, as well as Radiohead, often refering to both large and small ensemble traditions.” – Jazz & Tzaz (Greece)

 

“Canniere’s at his best as composer and arranger: long melodies that unfurl majestically before suddenly flaring up and melancholy ballads both sit easily on top of often complex rhythmic and harmonic patterns. As a writer, Canniere’s melodic sense is highly informed by contemporary rock and pop, so a downcast ballad like “The Rest” has as least as much in common melodically with quiet indie-rock as with the traditional jazz ballad.” – be.jazz (Belgium)