They may be young but they’re already making waves on the jazz scene as the recipients of awards left, right and centre (notably first prize at both RéZZo Focal Jazz in Vienna and Tremplin Jazz de La Défense). But now, things are stepping up a notch as Uptake are releasing their first album So Far So Good on Jazz Village on 4th May. Overflowing with groove and energy, this quartet emerging from the Lyon jazz scene has already shown themselves to be masters of interplay, exchanging and sharing the music amongst the group entirely freely. With Bastien Brison on piano and keyboard, Pierre Gibbe on bass, Robinson Khoury on trombone and Paul Berne on drums, Uptake have built up a repertoire from compositions inspired by new generation of American musicians including Jason Lindner, Robert Glasper and Robin Eubanks. Uptake’s jazz is a hybrid of any number of external influences, even drawing on rock, pop and hip-hop. All of these elements come together as if by magic and give Uptake their power: the power to bring together all these seemingly disparate influences and references and create something coherent and fluid. Their virtuosity is evident in the captivating smooth grooves which slide into every composition. An electrifying debut!
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