The Brave is the stunning debut album from guitarist Hannes Riepler featuring some of the finest players on the young London jazz scene. The Austrian-born London-based guitarist writes music that is influenced by swing, rock, classical and folk music but its roots are firmly established in the jazz tradition and his music is contemporary and melodic.
Hannes is joined by a band of rising stars. Tenor saxophonist Tom Challenger (Ma. Outhouse, Red Snapper) and pianist Kit Downes, an original member of Empirical, winner of BBC Jazz Award for Rising Star in 2008, a British Jazz Award in 2010 and a 2010 Mercury nomination for his debut album Golden. Drummer Jon Scott has just won a MOBO award with Kairos 4tet, another quartet originating from this London scene and Ryan Trebilcock completes the Quintet on double bass.
“Riepler stylishly combines the immediacy of New York’s propulsive Downtown style with classical and folk textures.” (London Jazz Festival)
Modern jazz from Danish pianist Esben Tjalve, who leads his acclaimed band Red Kite with a number of hot young, London-based jazzers in its ranks including Rory Simmons (trumpet), Christoffer Appel (sax), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Jasper Hoiby (bass) and Jon Scott (drums).
Not everything is as it seems in this experimental melting pot of improvised noir music. Expect high energy, spine tingling turns of moods and tune-led music with heavy grooves. A new album is soon to be released on the F-ire label.
“Pleasingly melodic but also deeply rhythmic, easily digestible yet subtly challenging, and just full of good ideas allied to exemplary playing.” The Jazz Man
© Hannes Riepler 2010-2013
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