Island Mentality

Chaos Orchestra

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Jazz, Contemporary
Chaos Collective
February 10, 2014

Format: Compact Disc



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The debut album from the UK's most exciting large jazz ensemble in recent years, founded by trumpeter/composer Laura Jurd. This hard hitting, cross-genre big band is reminiscent of the eighties powerhouse Loose Tubes, whilst developing a unique, ever-evolving identity of its own.

'Island Mentality' is a refreshing addition to the UK's superb history of large jazz ensembles and composers. The music indulges heavily in folk/world influences and jazz fusion-inspired grooves, as well as dishing out material steeped in melody alongside the occasional splash of free improvisation. Showcasing the music of young British composers Laura Jurd, Simon Marsh and Alex Roth the record also features a track by saxophonist/composer Mark Lockheart.

The Chaos Orchestra was born within the walls of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and consists of Trinity Laban students past and present alongside fellow graduates from the Royal Academy of Music and other institutions. Captivating audiences with its youthful energy the band plays well-crafted compositions with a pleasing surprise around every corner, written by composers of skill way beyond their years.

'Island Mentality' takes you on a journey of hard-hitting tunes, energetic and spirited soloing amongst highly-sophisticated ensemble writing full of welcome surprises. The Chaos Orchestra will no doubt take the musical community by storm with a debut record which pulls out all the stops!

Personnel: Laura Jurd (director & trumpet, track 5), Jennah Smart (flutes), Rob Cope (clarinets), Simon Marsh, Will Scott, Mike Underwood, Greg Sinclair, Leo Richardson (saxophones), Rob Greenwood, Tom Dennis, Mike Soper, Matt Roberts (trumpets), Raphael Clarkson, Emma Bassett, Rosie Turton, George Wrench (trombones), Alex Roth (guitar), Elliot Galvin (piano), Conor Chaplin (electric bass), Corrie Dick (drums), Lauren Kinsella (Vocals - tracks 1,4,6), Special guest: Mark Lockheart (soprano saxophone - track 6)

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(4 stars) A relaxed and open-minded approach to creative music making is the young 20-piece ensemble's calling card...Guitarist Alex Roth's 'The Charm of Impossibilities' comes the closest to contemporary classical music. Chaos co-founder and upcoming pianist Elliot Galvin's Cecil Taylor-derived solo and the piece's eerily sparse neo-noir-ish textures suitably round off a thoroughly engaging, versatile set of new music.

Jazzwise, (Selwyn Harris), April 2014

(4 stars) The Chaos Orchestra is a sophisticated, forward-looking, large ensemble containing some of the most promising young musicians on the UK scene...Jurd directs the band through a collection of her own excellent compositions, from raucous Mingus-esque swingers to funky downtown groovers to infectious township jive.

The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), March 7, 2014

This debut from the Chaos Orchestra (the big-band manifestation of London's creative young Chaos Collective) is rammed with bright ideas, idiomatic crossovers and independent angles on large-scale jazz...Jurd's originals display all the mature control of complex elements and skid-turn contrasts she has been revealing since her student days.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), February 7, 2014

A young, vibrant ensemble with a quirky and humorous side yet not lacking in depth or love for the craft...Albums such as this move that tradition forward, and in a fashion which is unique, inspired...and necessary.

LondonJazzNews, (Frank Griffith), February 24, 2014

These compositions take the negative connotation of the album title and turns it on its head, showing us what a wealth of diverse ideas and influences can flourish within these islands - with the right mentality, of course...a project which exhibits extraordinary maturity in writing, arranging and ensemble playing.

The Jazz Breakfast, (Peter Bacon), February 28, 2014

Its combination of virtuosity, vivacity and variety inevitably invites comparison with Loose Tubes and, indeed, former Tubes' member Mark Lockheart guests on his own composition Strange Attractions. With talent like this, the future for jazz looks good.

Northern Echo, (Peter Bevan), March 6, 2014

There are some outstanding solos to be heard among the rich textures...A rich, carefully organised yet spontaneous work, it will repay repeated listening.

The Jazz Rag, (Greg Murphy), Winter 2014

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number CC002
Barcode 0702811533332
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Director Laura Jurd
Weight 64g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. No Man is an Island -
2. Giant's Causeway -
3. Zigaboo -
4. Oh So Beautiful -
5. Strange Attractors -
6. Horses for Courses -
7. Yoh! -
8. The Charm of Impossibilities -