World Service Project - For King & Country

SKU 25-RNR-CD-062
Excellent, electric 'jazz and not jazz' from an English band who have been banging against the genres for some years now. Recommended for fans of Blue Cranes and Led Bib!
Dave Morecroft - keyboard / vocals
Tim Ower - saxophone
Raphael Clarkson - trombone, vocals
Arthur O'Hara - bass
Harry Pope - drums

"Following in the tradition of such renegade composers as Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus, Igor Stravinsky and Harrison Bertwhistle, Dave Morecroft seeks a spot in the musical firmament that is decidedly left of center. And as keyboardist and principal composer for the edgy London-based avant-funk-jazz quintet WorldService Project, he is striking a blow upside the head of musical complacency. On 'For King & Country', the group’s RareNoise debut and third release overall (after 'Relentless' in 2010 and 'Fire In A Pet Shop' in 2013), the powerhouse aggregation cuts across stylistic boundaries with impunity and a decided ‘punk-jazz’ attitude. As Morecroft explains, “Punk-jazz for me is more a reflection of rebellion. Maybe it’s jazz but it’s played with an 'f-you' to the establishment/systems that dictate what jazz is supposed to mean or be.”
He further describes the do-or-die presence that the band adopts onstage: “WorldService Project is a very intense, high-energy live show. We throw ourselves into it and hope to come out alive at the other end. And if you're not bleeding by the end of it, you haven't tried hard enough.”
That killer instinct is conveyed from track to track on For King & Country (the title itself is a kind of ironic nod to the band’s British ancestry). From the prog-rockish tumult of the opener “Flick the Beanstalk” to the moody closer “Requiem for a Worm” WorldService Project carries a pronounced crunch while injecting daring improvisations and myriad punk-jazz expressions into the mix. Joining Morecroft on this follow-up to 2013’s Fire In A Pet Shop are tenor sax burner Tim Ower, trombonist Raphael Clarkson, bassist Arthur O’Hara and drummer Harry Pope."
  • LabelRareNoise
  • UPC5060197760892
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