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Ubuntu Music Signs The Kevin Brady Electric Quartet for Album Release

August 17, 2021

Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce the signing of The Kevin Brady Electric Quartet for ‘Plan B’, their upcoming worldwide album release on 8th October.

The Kevin Brady Electric Quartet has a clear aim of creating and producing new contemporary jazz and the impact of this has been immediate. Their performances have been critically acclaimed for their dynamism and musicality. Touring regularly, they have consolidated their worldwide reputation as a compelling live act. As quoted by The Telegraph UK,  “This group display an enviable poise and togetherness,” winning the appreciation of discerning jazz audiences in the USA, Europe, UK, China. Their music embraces imaginative creativity and contributes to the evolution of exciting and engaging improvised music.

‘Plan B’ is the latest studio album by acclaimed drummer and composer, Kevin Brady. It features the stellar musical talents of U.S. saxophonist Seamus Blake, Bill Carrothers on Fender Rhodes, and bassist Dave Redmond. Brady’s ambition was to record an album that consisted of new, original compositions that explore improvisation in an electric quartet format. While tipping their collective hat to the music of the 1970s Miles Davis Group, along with the groove and funk based music of Herbie Hancock, many of the musical themes deal with the impact of what is happening in the world as we know it now. The music is hypnotically insistent, all with a lasting story of experience and optimism.

Kevin describes the sound of ‘Plan B’: “This is one of the most musically connected experiences that I have had since my first outing as a leader in 2007. While I was working with the late great guitarist Larry Coryell, I had many insightful discussions with him about music. His suggestion for my group to explore a change to an electric format was hugely influential on my new musical direction. I had been performing with Bill Carrothers and Dave Redmond in a piano trio for many years and I was excited to hear how we would perform with this new instrumentation. The inclusion of my friend and wonderful saxophonist Seamus Blake made a significant impact on how the trio performed. Seamus added an incredible musical dimension and texture to the compositions. His musicality added so much to the work. The music–whether simple or complex–was brought to another level by Bill and Dave’s strong melodic and rhythmic understanding and intuition. I believe that each composition–whether groove based, free or in odd meters–encapsulates and blends elements of musical styles that each musician in this quartet really enjoys playing.”

Kevin discusses his new relationship with Ubuntu Music: “I am delighted to begin this new relationship with Ubuntu. the company’s ethos is a perfect fit for me as an artist. The projects that Martin Hummel currently works with is a testament to his belief in nurturing and developing great music. After many discussions with him, it was apparent to me that he has a huge appreciation for music and developing the audience for it. He has such an in depth understanding of this genre of music and it’s a real honor to be included on Ubuntu Music’s artist roster. I am really looking forward to releasing this recording project and continuing our journey into the future.”

Martin Hummel, Director of Ubuntu Music, shares his perspective: “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to work with Kevin and his band. I was fortunate to have the privilege to have Dave perform on an earlier Ubuntu release with pianist George Colligan, along with Seamus on an album with Eric Alexander. And now these guys come together with Bill Carrothers and you have one very serious jazz music cocktail. It’s a pleasure to have them join the Ubuntu Music Family.”

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