After a hiatus of 5 years and a substantial change of personnel the Jonathan BratoŽff Quartet returns with a new album entitled Mindscapes. It will be the 2nd release by the band ( and the 5th for Jonathan himself ), following in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed album Between lines.
Since 2007 the line up has consisted of Jonathan BratoŽff on guitar and compositions, Tom Mason on bass, Mark Hanslip on sax and James Maddren on drums. Each musician brings with him great musical variety and adaptability to a band that looks for a truly contemporary sound. The band places a with a strong emphasis on melody and energy while paying great attention to textures and sounds as well as forms and structures, swaying between architecturally quite complex compositions to more free and open improvisations
The Jonathan BratoŽff Quartet draws influences from many sides of the jazz world, from Coltrane to Ornette Coleman to Jason Moran via the New York downtown scene. The key ingredients are simple, with powerful melodies, energetic and vibrant rhythms and rich colourful textures. The music is a mixture of the jazz tradition blended with other musical idioms such as African, Rock and Latin music and the listener experiences an honest sound that pushes boundaries and evokes raw emotions.
Mindscapes will be release on 10th May 2010. The album launch will be held on 27th May at the Pheasantry in London as part of the F-IRE festival. The band has been awarded the Jazz Services Touring Support Scheme and will be touring nationally during that period to promote the album with gigs on:
14th April, The Others, London
23rd April,The Fleece, Boxford
10th May, Con Cellar, London
12th May, Broomhill Art hotel, Devon
14th May, Millenium hall, Sheffield
20th May, Cafť jazz, Cardiff
25th May,The Cluny, Newcastle
26th May, The Rainbow, Birmingham
27th May, The Pheasantry, London (album launch)
28th May, The Crypt, London
29th May, Orange street music, Canterbury
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