Resolution 88 + Ishmael Ensemble
+ DJ Dave Rendle
Saturday Nov 23rd
Storey's Field Centre
Tickets: £15 / £12 students / £8 under 18s
Standing concert with limited seating available.
Under-14s should be accompanied by an adult.
Resolution 88 have already established themselves as one of the UK’s leading exponents of funk jazz with the release of their first two albums and live shows supporting Snarky Puppy, Roy Ayers, Marcus Miller, Larry Mizell & the Blackbyrds, Butcher Brown, Yellowjackets and more, Resolution 88 . Their music is synonymous with the silky, buttery sound of the Fender Rhodes. They’re also a bona fide band, a refreshing change in a musical world increasingly occupied by online collaborations and viral videos. They’re best mates who love to hang out, play together and make their own music - that sincerity is evident in their songs and their chemistry on stage.
‘Revolutions’ represents a lot of firsts - the first time Resolution 88 have recorded to multi-track tape, the first time that they’ve included a real string and brass section, the first time they’ve included special guests on record and the first time they’ve pressed an album on vinyl. Imagine a combination of an undiscovered Herbie Hancock album from the mid’ 70’s, rare-groove samples from the golden era of hip hop (ATCQ, Pharcyde etc) and the new London sound of bands like Yussef Kamaal.
Tom O’Grady (Suitcase Rhodes, Clavinet, Nord Stage 2, Solina, Moogs), Tiago Coimbra (Bass), Ric Elsworth (Drums), Alex Hitchcock (Tenor Sax), Oli Blake (Percussion)
"Wow. Soulful music, played with passion and incredible skill. This harkens to the best funk-jazz of the sixties and seventies and takes it to a new level. Think Headhunters for the new millennium." Bob Power (The Roots, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo), NY
"Resolution 88 ... this is an exciting young band from Cambridge who take their influence from the immensely important, barrier-breaking mid 70's funk jazzer Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters - they've come out of nowhere at the last minute! There's absolutely no-one around at all like these guys at the moment!" Craig Charles (The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show)
"Resolution 88 have gone with the ... influence of mid-70's Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters and do it in the most heavyweight, sincere and unique way." Snowboy (Blues & Soul Magazine)
Ishmael Ensemble's debut album ‘A State of Flow' builds on saxophonist Pete Cunningham’s work as proud protector of Bristolian heritage, sketching loving sonic pictures of the South West in his Bristol-inspired ‘Severn Songs’ series, whilst also incubating local visual and musical talent, within the Ensemble.
‘A State Of Flow’ touches on various styles of jazz, stirring ambient invocations, club-ready percussive workouts, spiralling grooves & hazy psychedelic electronica. This would be a confusing melange, but for Cunningham’s excursions as a genre-agnostic DJ–something evident in the real house shuffle of ‘Lapwing’–which evokes walking into a smoky after hours haunt and finding a session in full, forward motion or the organic garage beats of ‘Full Circle’ and classic trip hop style ‘Waterfall’ fuelled by Holysseus Fly’s honey toned and evocative vocals.
“Making music that’s pitched somewhere between astral jazz, burbling electronica, trippy minimalism, psychedelic dub and 20 years of club culture.” ★★★★ Contemporary album of the month, The Guardian
“Incredible independent music from Bristol. These guys just get better with every release” Gilles Peterson
“A deeply arresting sound from one of our favourite cities, simply beautiful” Mary Anne Hobbs
“A band seemingly capable of doing anything, yet remaining fleet footedly themselves throughout.” The Wire
Dave Rendle (Night Sweats Music)
Dave is the man behind production outfits 'System Status', 'The Detroit Urban Gardening Ensemble' and 'Hazards of Prophecy'. Dave’s music on Untracked, Out Here Audio, Horn Wax and Stupid Human has caught the attention of global tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Phil Asher, Ashley Beedle, Alex Nut and Ross Allen. As a DJ Dave's selections are deeply personal, emotive and not bound by any definition.