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This fourth album from the unique British jazz ensemble is the follow-up to 2009's Isla. Recorded by Greg Freeman (Goldfrapp, Roni Size), it sees the band experimenting with electronica, layering a miasma of gaseous keyboards over heavily syncopated beats both programmed and live. Atonal free sax bleats compete with warm and soothing melodies and the band's signature instrument, the steel drum-esque hang, is muted into the background texture. The album also features a guest performance on the track "Steepless" from Sweden's Cornelia Dahlgren., Rovi

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Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

The Portico Quartet is a contemporary modern jazz and ethnic fusion ensemble from South London, England. Formed in 2005, the band was initially inspired to play via founding member Duncan Bellamy's purchase of an exotic yet contemporary instrument, the hang, at a music festival. The hang, invented in 2000 in Switzerland, is a metallic lap drum with clamped shells, the melodious sound of which resembles both a steel drum and Balinese metallaphone. Where the quartet's influences clearly reference modern...
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