Chris Biscoe - alto sax, alto clarinet
Rachel Musson - tenor sax, soprano sax
Loz Speyer - trumpet, flugelhorn
Olie Brice - double bass
Gary Willcox - drums
Inner Space plays jazz with a rare warmth and immediacy. The compositions combine rhythmic changes with subliminal references that synthesize New Orleans, Bebop and Free Jazz. Each piece of music evolves its own form, its own balance of structure and freedom, its own atmosphere. There are audible echoes of Mingus, Monk, Ornette and beyond - but the decisive factor is the immediacy of the playing, with these five highly distinctive musicians working it all out in the here and now.
The current album “Life on the Edge” was recorded in one day at the end of the Arts Council funded tour, Nov-Dec 2015, and really captures the live, interactive quality of the music.
Inner Space hit the road again in May-June 2018 (again thanks to Arts Council funding) and reached eleven venues around England (details here) - with music from the album "Life on the Edge", and new music commissioned for the tour - a series of "jazz portraits" by Loz Speyer, and for the first time, music collectively composed by the whole band.
"LIFE ON THE EDGE" (2017 LEO RECORDS) ALBUM REVIEWS
**** 'Superb outing that effectively highlights the leader's jarring and perceptively constructed compositions.'
- Glen Astarita, All About Jazz USA (click here for full review)
**** 'It’s the strut of Olie Brice’s burly pepper hot bass and Gary Willcox’s drums that kickstarts ‘Long Road’; but the integrity they bring to the emerging free jazz push-pull structure of ’Space Music’ pilots the musicians further towards destinations unknown.'
- Philip Clark, Jazzwise, UK
'Upon listening, I was hooked…. the contrapuntal moments when the horns venture just over the edge make me think that if ODJB had arrived 100 years later they may have sounded like this.'
- Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here, UK
'A joyous atmosphere reigns throughout the album, bop rhythms coupled with the pure interaction of the quintet… there are solar moments during which the quintet communicates to the audience its own enjoyment in playing these compositions.'
- Vittorio, Musiczoom, Italy
'...A constant flow of ideas, the horns sometimes jostling busily for attention, sometimes conversing, sometimes singing sweetly together... While you listen, thoughts of influences fall away and you can just enjoy this newly created music for itself. That is the sound of success.'
- Jon Turney, London Jazz News, UK (click for full review)
'Loz has really got his musical concept and the group together - terrific.'
- Mike Westbrook, UK
'It starts with Blue Note- and Ogun-spirit, with Spirits Rejoice-mood and Mingus-power... Rocket Science is unfailingly retro-futuristic, tardis-blue, open for everything that was considered amazing in the 60s...'
- Bad Alchemy magazine, Germany
Band photos by Katie Edwards: kdedwards.com
EARLIER LIVE REVIEWS
'There was something utterly warm and personal about this gig, and very moving. Even though the leader’s trumpet was often to the fore, his role seemed as much to create situations that forced the band to think on their feet or to stitch together different fragments of a tune with frantic signalling as the moment dictated...'
- Mike Collins, jazzyblogman, UK (Bristol 2011)
'One of the happiest evenings I've heard in jazz for many a long night... Music as rare as this defies description. Go along and see them! Or get their forthcoming CD...'
- Karl Dallas, the Morning Star, UK (Halifax 2005)
REVIEWS OF FIRST ALBUM - 'FIVE ANIMAL DANCES'
'Music of marvellous clarity, buoyed by loping, shifting rhythms. More lyrical than free, and human than abstract, this is serious fun of the first order.'
- Mike Butler, Metro, UK
'Wonderfully vigorous, sprightly music, infused with bustling, fiercely interactive energy. Recommended.'
- Chris Parker, Vortex Jazz, UK