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Partisans

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: 1996    

Partisans

Since their formation in 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously energetic performances of tightly knit themes and the great freedom coming from their years of playing together. Partisans are real band – known for bridging the gap between New York swing, European improv and UK jam– where the combination of each member’s influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy. Co- led by two of the preeminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitars) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet), the quartet line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums). They are widely acknowledged as the godfathers of the new wave of British post-jazz and improv, and have outlived many of the bands that have come since their formation. BBC Radio 3 asserts they are “one of the most exciting all star experimental groups in jazz today”....
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“Restless, almost reckless energy… delirious listening… consistently thrilling.” - BBC Music Magazine

“Intelligent, varied and often dazzling.” - The Evening Standard

“Partisans are one of the most consistently inventive and original bands.” – The Scotsman

“Partisans always sounds like the regular confederacy it’s been since 1996 – the tricky zigzagging heads are played with flawless attack, and the quartet’s trademark quality of seamless idiom and time-shifting within each piece operates with a gleeful tautness.” – The Guardian

“Godfathers of the ferocious UK ‘post-jazz’ groups.” - The Times

“Partisans’ long expected masterpiece, By Proxy is one of the most exciting albums to be released on either side of the Atlantic in 2009.” – All About Jazz

“Partisans present some of the most refreshing music I've heard in a long while, uncompromising, very well written and very well played. It demands serious attention. I hear in these players a sense of common purpose and resolve, and a strong command of a dialect uniquely suited to this music. It's heartening to hear music that looks to find its own particular place.” - Steve Swallow

“It's bad, man” - Delfeayo Marsalis

”One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today” - BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up

“Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare” - John Fordham, The Guardian, Cheltenham Jazz festival

  • By Proxy

    Babel Label
    2009
  • Max

    Babel Label
    2005
  • Sourpuss

    Babel
    2000

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