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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

Routes In Jazz ; A Music Retrospective of Dizzy Reece, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 26/01/2019.

Routes In Jazz ; A Music Retrospective of Dizzy Reece, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 26/01/2019.

Ian Mann is educated and entertained by the first date of a tour celebrating the life and music of trumpeter Dizzy Reece performed by pianist Trevor Watkis and a stellar international quintet.


EFG London Jazz Festival, Day Ten, Sunday November 25th 2018.

EFG London Jazz Festival, Day Ten, Sunday November 25th 2018.

Ian Mann enjoys the final day of the Festival and performances by Flying Machines, the Monty Alexander Trio and Bill Laurance and the WDR Big Band conducted by Bob Mintzer.


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