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Portico Quartet, Portico Quartet Album Review

The Mercury nominated jazz quartet from London have never been shy of sounding different and on their third self-titled album, they expand their sound further into the territories they started to explore with Isla. Here is a record breaking through the electric fences that penned them in as nothing more than a very good jazz band and proving that they are in fact simply a very good band.

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Portico Quartet, Knee-Deep In The North Sea (Deluxe Edition) Album Review

Portico Quartets' album Knee-Deep In The North Sea is of the most mesmerising, inspiring albums ever released; a bold statement entirely deserved. Initially released in 2007, Knee-Deep In The North Sea's outstanding, innovative sound was recognised in 2008 by its Mercury Music Prize nomination, and now too by its re-release, remixed by producer John Leckie, bringing Portico Quartets' divine instrumental blend right back to the surface.

Though often described as modern jazz, Portico Quartets' unique sound deserves to stand clear from the jazz pigeonhole which many people intentionally avoid. Blending influence of contemporary classical and film composers (Philip Glass and Steve Reich et al) and world musical cultures, in particular Balinese Gamelan which two members previously studied, together with contemporary jazz influences such as Jan Garbarek and EST, Portico Quartet have perfected a unique sound. The London four-piece's sound is made distinctive by their line up; drums, double bass, soprano/alto saxophones and, most particularly, the hang, an instrument native to Switzerland that looks almost like two inverted steel pans stuck together. The hang has a beautiful warm, mellow, soothing yet metallic sound that the Portico Quartet have innovatively replaced any standard chordal instrument with (guitar/piano) which, amongst many of their unique characteristics, sets them far above average.

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Portico Quartet, Isla Album Review

Review of Portico Quartet's album Isla released through Real World Records

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Picture - Portico Quartet London, England, Tuesday 22nd July 2008

Portico Quartet Tuesday 22nd July 2008 attend a photocall after being shortlisted for the 2008 Mercury Prize Album of the Year at The Hospital gallery London, England

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