Led Bib - The People In Your Neighbourhood
"...their leanest, most rocking effort to date....setting new standards in contemporary, electric jazz" – Jazzwise
"...Led Bib still shocks." – JazzTimes
"The brilliantly rabble-rousing quintet Led Bib celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2014. To mark this milestone, [the band] release The People In Your Neighbourhood...and it's their most assured and very probably their best album to date." – JazzUK
For a radical band that has had to work so hard to become an established force on the UK jazz scene as Led Bib are, they came from very modest beginnings, forming as a master's project by leader, Mark Holub, while he was at college, and continuing now for a full decade with the same personnel:
Mark Holub – drums
Liran Donin – bass
Toby McLaren – electric piano, piano, keyboards
Pete Grogan – alto sax
Chris Williams – alto sax
While the band was started and continues to be led by Holub, all members contribute compositions as well as musical ideas. The decade of work has turned the five individual players into a unique single entity, which is the group. As Mark explains, "Everything that the band has become is thanks to all the member's influences. These days, when someone brings a tune to the band, no matter who brings it, the band needs almost no direction. The band has developed a shared language in such a strong way that we can fairly intrinsically know where the composer wants us to go with the music."
The music here is a continued refinement of the groups 'go for it' esthetic, with hooks and riffs making a pleasing framework for the band to hang their improvisations and sounds. While the music is often as 'rabble-rousing' as the above quotes would have you believe, the group are not mono-dimensional, and the ensemble is capable of quiet and even of contemplative moods. The group have a signature sound, but that signature sound is composed of varied elements.
The People In Your Neighbourhood is the sixth studio album by the quintet and continues their refinement and further honing of the avant-jazz/euphoric-rock explosions that have gained them worldwide notice!