big ideas in conversation

We made this little video with some of us chatting about the album and the band in general, hope you enjoy…

If you like whats on the video, you can hear the rest of the album (and purchase the CD or mp3 download) here.

Posted by Ben on 15/05/2012 at 16:09 in misc, news and tagged , , . Leave comments here.

Big Ideas – OUT NOW!

Its been a long time coming but we’re all really excited that our debut album Big Ideas is available NOW! You can listen, download and buy from the Efpi online shop or the CD and download is available from most of the usual places (Amazon, iTunes, HMV etc) – although if you order directly from us you receive a free Big Ideas badge, which I’m told is the hip new fashion accessory for the season…

Check out the whole album below and let us know what you think! You can tweet us @beatsnpieces and/or use the hashtag #BigIdeas, or you could write on our facebook wall.

We’re all really proud of what we’ve achieved since our first ever rehearsal just over 4 years ago that has culminated in the release of this album. Thanks so much to you all for your support and we really hope you enjoy our Big Ideas.

Posted by Ben on 12/03/2012 at 10:44 in news and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.

album launch shows – thank you!

Wow – we’ve had an amazing time over the past few days with launch shows for Big Ideas in Manchester at the RNCM and in London at a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s, thanks very much to everyone who made them such special nights! The RNCM gig was recorded for BBC Jazz on 3, check out the broadcast this coming Monday (27th February) at 11pm which will also feature a look through the music on my iPod… Make sure you listen in to see what came up on shuffle!

Here’s some photos from the RNCM gig and soundcheck taken by Peter Fay – there’s plenty more on our photos page. I’ll put up some stuff from the Ronnie’s gig over the next few days when I’ve had chance to recover… But thanks once again for being so good to us!

Posted by Ben on 22/02/2012 at 14:01 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.

pre-order Big Ideas NOW!

Ahead of the album launch gigs in Manchester and London this week (!) you can now pre-order your copy of our new album Big Ideas from our shop – you get an immediate download of ‘jazzwalk’ (listen below) and then you’ll get an email on the day of release with a link to download the rest of the album. If you order the CD, it will be despatched by first class post for delivery on the morning of the release date (UK only) for you to enjoy with your Frosties or other breakfast of choice…

As an extra bonus for early birds, if you pre-order the CD the postage will be FREE (normally £1 UK, £2 rest of world) and you’ll also receive an exclusive Big Ideas badge (below) to sweeten the deal even more. We’ll also all sign a handful of the CDs and randomly put them in envelopes so you might get one of those! If you’d prefer a copy without our scrawls though make sure you drop us a line… We’ll try to write neatly though, we promise.

Posted by Ben on 14/02/2012 at 13:44 in news and tagged , , , . Leave comments here.

RNCM album launch preview

Ahead of the first of the launch shows for Big Ideas in Manchester next week, I did a short interview with the guys from the RNCM about our influences and our beginnings in Manchester – check it out below. Should also say that I had a cold at the time hence the slightly snotty quality to my voice, sorry…

Posted by Ben on 09/02/2012 at 13:42 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , . Leave comments here.

big ideas

Delighted and very excited to finally be able to reveal full details of our brand new album! Here’s the low down: its called Big Ideas and will be released on 12th March 2012 on Efpi Records. It features 8 tracks, recorded with producer Tony Platt in London late last year – some of the tracks you may recognise from our live shows, some you won’t!

It’ll be available for pre-order on the Efpi shop and other retailers very soon (join our mailing list to be alerted when its available), but until then we’ve put up a track that you can listen to and download for free – just click here… Its called jazzwalk and is a new track named after the Street of Fame in Burghausen, where we won the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award last year, and features storming solos from Sam Healey on alto saxophone and Anton Hunter on guitar.

If the track whets your appetite to hear more, we’re kicking off a UK tour produced by Serious in a couple of weeks in Southampton, followed by album launch gigs in Manchester and London in February – its our first album, we’re allowed to have two launch parties! In the unlikely event you needed any extra encouragement to come along to any of those dates, the album will be on sale at those gigs in advance of the official March release date. Full details below…

28th January – Turner Sims, Southampton (details/tickets)

16th February – RNCM, Manchester (details/tickets)

20th February – Ronnie Scott’s, London (details/tickets)

24th March – The Sage, Gateshead (Gateshead International Jazz Festival) (details/tickets)

28th March – Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple (details/tickets)

Posted by Ben on 13/01/2012 at 16:37 in gigs, news and tagged , , . Leave comments here.