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Beats & Pieces Big Band

Exciting, young, contemporary big band under the leadership of Ben Cottrell and featuring some of Manchester’s best young musicians.


ARTIST REVIEWS
Beats & Pieces
Beats & Pieces

"Exciting, highly contemporary big band jazz and beyond from the cream of Manchester's young musicians."

3-5 out of 5

EP Review


Big Ideas
Big Ideas

"“Big Ideas” is an essential listen, this is big band music for the 21st century. "

4 out of 5

Album Review


Beats & Pieces Big Band, The Sound Castle, Hay-On-Wye, 02/06/2012 (part of Hay Festival).
Beats & Pieces Big Band, The Sound Castle, Hay-On-Wye, 02/06/2012 (part of Hay Festival).

"Ian Mann visits the new Sound Castle Stage at Hay Festival and finds that Beats & Pieces have lost nothing of their trademark energy when it comes to live performances. "

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


All In
All In

"The new album retains B&PBB's energy and enthusiasm but also adds a growing compositional and arranging maturity. It's good to see them back."

4 out of 5

Album Review


Beats & Pieces Big Band, The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 01/10/2015.
Beats & Pieces Big Band, The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 01/10/2015.

"A very enjoyable evening of music from a highly accomplished band. Beats & Pieces remain a highly exciting unit with a distinct collective identity."

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Ten
Ten

"Beats & Pieces remain a hugely exciting and vital presence on the UK jazz scene. They have lost none of their youthful energy, irreverence and verve and on this evidence are playing better than ever."

4 out of 5

Album Review


JAZZ MANN FEATURES

Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 05/05/2019.

Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 05/05/2019.

Ian Mann on performances by Vula Viel, Yazz Ahmed, David Sanborn, Hanna Paulsberg, Madeleine Peyroux and two exceptional 'Trios With A Twist', one from Cuba, the other from France.


Saturday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 04/05/2019.

Saturday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 04/05/2019.

Ian Mann on performances by Paris / Birmingham Jazz Exchange, Alfa Mist, John Surman's Brass Project, Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Vels Trio, Joshua Redman and Michael Formanek.


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