8/10 Mike Staff review, 24 April 2014
I have not one but three live albums on my review stack this week, and the first one I'm going to tackle is this lively bit of Scandi-style jazz fusion from Led Bib, recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. It's a bubbly and energetic brew ably led by percussionist Mark Holub, whose highly kinetic style contains more than a trace of classic rock influence but mixed with the freedom and humour of jazz in a way that brings to mind Elephant9 sticksman Torstein Lofthus.
Add to this sticky mixture some bass, keys and two saxophones and you're in for four lengthy tracks of celebratory jazz rock which never heads too far into squeaky skronk territory and sometimes, like in 'Recycling Saga', riffs around a dramatic central melodic theme in quite cinematic style whilst maintaining that unpredictable energy that gives them their momentum. I think they've found a nice balance between the bubbling tension of European avant garde jazz and the more traditionally melodic approach. It's a really well captured performance too, don't let the "live album" tag put you off. Not bad at all.
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