Forward Space by Andre Canniere
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About: Forward Space
Release Date: January 23, 2012: Worldwide Stores & Digital
The London Jazz Scene is growing in stature, attracting an increasing amount of world class musicians from Europe and the US, and Andre Canniere is the next in line of the many ex-pat musicians who have decided to call London home. Canniere’s music is typified by a keen knowledge of the trends in contemporary jazz and displays his powerful but melodic approach to improvising. On Forward Space, his debut release for Whirlwind Recordings, Canniere presents a program of highly original music (in fact he may arguably be one of the most gifted composers of his generation) as well as memorable themes that often cross the traditional boundaries of genre, infusing an ear pleasing mix of jazz and classical styles while drawing inspiration from folk, rock and pop music.
The Andre Canniere Group features the leader on trumpet and some of the best up-and-coming UK-based jazz stars rounding out the eclectic ensemble: George Fogel on Piano, Hannes Riepler on Guitar, Ryan Trebilcock on Double Bass and Jon Scott on Drums. Canniere, who relocated from New York to London in 2008 had his first solo recording released in 2006 on Omatic Records to worldwide critical acclaim, and was noted for his compositional talents of striking originality.
“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.
Best Albums of 2012 (Critics' List) - Jazzwise Magazine
"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 ***** (5 Stars)
"One of the best debut recordings in a long time...a real gem."
4 Stars, Jazzwise
"Insanely Infectious...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
"An impressive debut from a technically assured, highly individual soloist and a gifted composer."
"An interesting UK debut that reveals a thoughtful musician with an open mind to his craft."
"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
"The music on Forward Space presents a powerful argument for directness and visceral experience in jazz."
"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
"London-based US jazz and classical trumpeter Canniere leads his hugely talented post-bop fusion band through propulsive originals on his new album 'Forward Space'. Packed with heavy modern grooves and artful melodies, it's the perfect vehicle for the trumpeter's engaging angular solos."
"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."