One of the original torch bearers for the revitalized young British jazz scene, Led Bib release their 5th album on Cuneiform Records in February 2011.
The band’s previous release, Sensible Shoes' was nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize and described as a modern classic by the press: “a hands-down triumph” said The Independent, “…a gale of fresh air” wrote The Guardian and the group were described as “the group bring jazz back to contemporary music's cutting edge by The Sun.
Relentlessly dodging definition, Led Bib are both a maverick jazz band and an unlikely rock quintet. Taking their name from a protective garment used on patients during dental treatment, this Walthamstow based five-piece of twenty-somethings pride themselves on side- stepping convention, with incendiary results. The friends, who can usually be found in one another’s homes drinking tea and discussing the merits of biscuit types, have together torn apart the jazz world with their avant-jazz-euphoric-rock explosions of improvisation. And whilst fun may not be something which often comes to mind in relation to jazz, it’s the addition of this playfulness that has over years seen Led Bib throw out any jazz preconceptions and entice a whole new army of supporters to the genre. Combining the energy and passion of a rock outfit with the technical ability of trained jazz musicians their effect is exhilarating....
- The People In Your Neighbourhood by Bruce Lindsay
- Sensible Shoes by Chris May