"An obvious point of reference here is the collaboration between Gretchen Parlato and Robert Glasper, and
We Are Leif offered their take on SWV’s Weak, a noted Parlato/Glasper cover.
"Think back to the 90s Acid Jazz led heyday of jazz influenced
sounds hitting the mainstream . . . and you are part way to understanding
what these guys
- Tap the Feed
Sunday, January 9th, 2022
Nu Jazz with We Are Leif
Led by the songwriting team of Louise Victoria and Mark Whitlam, Bristol-based Nu Jazzers We Are Leif return to promote their follow-up to Breathe, Xxxxxxxx
This group deftly span the balance of contemporary jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo Soul, R'n'B and downtempo. Musically there are nods in the direction of Erykah Badu, London Grammar and Jill Scott, while retaining a classic Bristol sound, steeped in the history of bands like Portishead and Massive Attack.
"Blending their improv jazz chops with Neo Soul and grown-up R‘n’B, then giving it a smoky, backstreet club vibe borrowed from Trip Hop and unmistakably Bristolian, with Breathe We Are Leif have created something that is reassuringly familiar yet excitingly new," said Tap The Feed when reviewing the album.
Collectively, the band members have worked with the likes of ECM artists Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy, plus Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Jason Rebello, Clare Teal, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, The Black Crowes’ Mark Ford and Type Sun.
Louise Victoria (Vocals), Dale Hambridge (Piano/Keyboards), Chris Jones (Electric Bass), Mark Whitlam (Drums/Electronics).
Tickets: £15 / £13 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm