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5.0 out of 5 stars Get On Your Knees!, 20 Feb 2011
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Mr. B. A. D. Plowman "Brendan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Knee-Deep in the North Sea (Audio CD)
"Knee Deep in the North Sea" originally came out a few years ago and was correctly lauded as a contemporary jazz classic. This re-release is essentially the same set of tunes but they have been remixed to sonic perfection by Mr John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead...)

The production here is excellent - there is now more space and depth in the sound. The haunting tones of the hang drum shimmer like an amber sunset. Not a single pluck of the bass is lost. Crisp drums skitter and scatter. The saxophone is bruised and aching. Many of the songs evoke travel and reflective journeys (Steve Reich definitely an influence). There is much blissful repetition to be heard. Tunes such as the title track, "Steps in the Wrong Direction", "Pompidou" and "Prickly Pear" are wonderfully catchy and melodious and occasionally playful. A joy to listen to.

The bonus tracks here are also more than welcome - cosmic and loopy live renditions that give a good flavour of what the band are like in concert.

Here's hoping that this re-release will introduce Portico Quartet to a wider audience. Their music is both experimental and accessible and demands repeated listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice bit of funky jazz, 11 Nov 2013
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In the last few years I've become interested in jazz particularly anything a lttle different and funky. This album qualifies on both counts. At times it can get a little too experimental even for me but overall I really enjoy it and I'd reccomend it to older listeners with more developed tastes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it a much as Isla, 4 Aug 2013
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EA Jenkins (Wales) - See all my reviews
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Imaginative, subtle and it makes me happy. These are young men, i am an old woman - this is timeless music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 31 Jan 2013
I am not as a rule a fan of jazz; but having been introduced to the excellent, mellow, playful, melodic and oh so appealling Portico Quartet they are now on regular rotation. Very much recommended for lazy Sunday mornings or the journey home after a stressful day at work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastico album, 11 Mar 2013
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bellissimo, innovativo, bellissimo album, L'hang dona al disco un sound unico , jazz che sfocia nell'ambient consigliatissimo. da prendere assolutamente
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT JOURNEY, 12 Mar 2011
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When the magnificent "Isla" came out,iwas thrilled,this album was issued first,and via this reissue we can enjoy the music even more.
The production is first class,with the bass and bang drum to the fore,the music has tge feeling of a great journe.
With the three extra tracks ,this very long and complicated album makes joyous listening,in particular the Jan Garbarek influenced Saxaphobe playing of Jack Wylie,the bass player is Mic Fitzpatrick and has that uber cool ouevre that all young bassists these days seem to have.
Duncan Bellemy handles the drums and bang(Tuned parcussion)well as does NIck Mulvey,
The cover is impressive,and is akin to what you would find on Rune Grammafon.
So,in sumnation a fine album that bodes well for the future.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the original was better, 23 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Knee-Deep in the North Sea (Audio CD)
I'd been listening to the original 2007 release of this on Spotify for the last few weeks and loving it. With this re-mixed re-release Spotify saw fit to remove the old version and re-place it with this. Still good tunes of course but I'm not a fan of the new production - overblown bass and loss of intricacy of the original version, I'm off to try and track down an original copy of this on CD now...

By the way I've no idea why any comparison could possibly be made to Radiohead for this - not even vaguely similar???
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