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Named after the initials of the four musicians it consists of, BANN quartet lines up Seamus Blake on tenor sax, Israeli progressive guitarist Oz Noy and the experienced pair formed of double bass player Jay Anderson and drummer Adam Nussbaum. Blending Noy’s fusion guitar and Blake’s jazzy leaps over the solid rhythm of Anderson and Nussbaum, this studio debut recording settles the attractive and inventive sound of this groundbreaking fusion-acoustic band.
On the road since 2007, BANN has presented its original blend of music while it has been invited to important festivals and jazz clubs in France, Sweden, Finland and Germany, and just here the satellite channel 3SAT partially broadcasted the concert that the quartet held at the Internationales Jazzfestival Viersen.
It’s quite easy to talk about each single member of this quartet: Nussbaum is one of the most renowned and elegant drummer of the jazz scene since the late 70s, when a tournée with John Scofield then brought him to start the renowned trio with Scofield and Steve Swallow; Jay Anderson is a bass player requested by the likes from Paul Bley and Yosuke Yamashita to Michael Brecker, Mike Stern and Lee Konitz, not to mention some of his non-jazz collaboration with Frank Zappa, Tom Waits and up to Allen Ginsberg; tenor-sax player Seamus Blake is an old acquaintance of Jazz Eyes, that released his first live album, worldwide critically acclaimed double Cd “Live in Italy”; Oz Noy is a very versatile guitarist from Israel now based in New York City since 1996, who is able to cover jazz, funk, rock, blues and R&B, and has toured and recorded with Jeff “Tain” Watts and Mike Manieri, without considering his own bands with drummers Anton Fig and Keith Carlock and bassists Will Lee, James Genus and Reggie Washington.
All that makes BANN’s first studio recording something definitively not to be missed!