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Loz Speyer’s                          

INNER SPACE

Loz Speyer - trumpet, flugelhorn

Dee Byrne - alto sax

Xhosa Cole - tenor sax
Larry Bartley - double bass
Gary Willcox - drums

Inner Space plays Jazz of a rare warmth and immediacy - compositions for improvisers with roots in both jazz and free improv. Loz Speyer’s writing for the band creates space for the group to explore new areas and discover where the music might GO, while drawing deeply on the Jazz tradition, all the way back to New Orleans. The compositions serve as structures for improvisation, Each piece evolves its own form, with these five distinctive musicians working it all out in the here and NOW.

 

"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!” - Karl Dallas, the Morning Star

 

Late last year INNER SPACE set out from London across Europe to play a concert in the historic city of Leipzig, part of a jazz series at Mediencampus Villa Ida, a special event indeed. The music was most warmly received and also beautifully recorded... so here now is the album!

“Live in Leipzig” presents the band in the heat of the moment, probing and exploratory, finding the groove at every point. It is the first release by this particularly brilliant lineup, with Dee Byrne and Xhosa Cole on saxes, both in the band since 2021; bassist Larry Bartley, who joined just in time for a packed out Cafe Oto gig in Sept 2023; and one of the most happening jazz drummers on the scene, Gary Willcox – Inner Space accomplice ever since Arts Council tours in 2015 and '18 and the acclaimed album “Life on the Edge” (Leo Records 2017).

 

Inner Space is now exploring extended forms in a growing set of Jazz Portrait compositions, with titles such as “Innate Ornette”, “Chimes for Grimes” and “Sun the One Ra the Far” - an audacious attempt maybe to characterise such seminal figures in the formation of free Jazz - but one that comes naturally from a lifelong relationship with their music, making sense of their legacy in our own TIME. The pieces inspired by actual encounters come with stories that emerge on stage, drawing on deep sources of inspiration.

"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)

**** '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)

“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.”

Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy 93 (Germany)

'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)

'Loz has really got his musical concept and the group together - terrific.'

Mike Westbrook (UK)

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"Life on the Edge" features the lineup of INNER SPACE that was consistent from 2010 to 2019. The album was recorded on the back of a ten date tour funded by the Arts Council of England.

Loz Speyer - trumpet, flugelhorn

Chris Biscoe - alto sax

Rachel Musson - tenor sax
Olie Brice - double bass
Gary Willcox - drums

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 (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 (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 - recommended.' - Mike Butler, Metro

'Wonderfully vigorous, sprightly music, infused with bustling, fiercely interactive energy. Recommended.'
- Chris Parker, Vortex Jazz

Five Animal Dances
The first Inner Space album, released on Spherical Records, 2008
Loz Speyer - trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Biscoe - alto sax, alto clarinet
Julie Walkington - double bass
Seb Rochford - drums
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