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A return for Birmingham's own TG Collective ...
Following packed-out shows at Pizza Express Soho and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the band released their critically acclaimed new album, Release The Penguins, in summer 2012, alongside appearances live on BBC1, a live session for JazzFM, and airplay from BBC Radio 3 to KEXP in Seattle!
An intriguing mix of gypsy jazz, flamenco and contemporary classical influences, TGC carry the music forward with a spirit of adventure and energy, built around the core of guitarists Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater, alongside flutes, violin, double bass, trumpet and cajón. Creating an exciting, sensuous sound, TGC perform original compositions and arrangements, touching on influences as varied as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt and JS Bach, and have built up a strong following with their intense live performances.
"They play together with pinpoint precision ... scorching improvisations ... a rewarding listen all round." - Songlines ****
“...impeccable musicianship ... a Gypsy jazz delight ... played with masterly flamenco and classical guitar technique ... The musicianship of the players provides some glorious sounds and textures. There is certainly some beautiful and emotional music on this album ... This is different and interesting. And did I mention the impeccable musicianship?” - fRoots
"A very tasty gumbo indeed. TGC's ever widening crazy-quilt of influences ... delightful ... swinging ... unerringly lyrical." - Jazzwise
Jamie Fekete (guitars), Sam Slater (guitars), Percy Pursglove (trumpet, double bass), Holly Jones (flutes), Louis Robinson (violin), Joelle Barker (cajón, percussion) * with special guest Lluis Mather (clarinet)