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Loz Speyer’s Time Zone

Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn

Martin Hathaway – alto sax, bass clarinet

Stuart Hall – guitar

Dave Manington – double bass

Andy Ball – drums

Maurizio Ravalico – congas

+ special guest, percussionist Satin Singh

 

“An ensemble led by a trumpeter/composer who has absorbed the essence of Cuban music and distilled it quite cunningly into an improvisatory context, with no compromise to either culture… Gritty, graceful sounds with a dark-light intensity.” – Kevin Legendre, Echoes

 

TIME ZONE plays an innovative “deep fusion” of Cuban music and Jazz – soulful, catchy and rhythmically provocative. Cuban elements are re-assembled, as in collage, or mutated to fit odd meters, yet still with a Cuban feel – Bilingual compositions where the groove can change in mid flow, like suddenly turning a corner, a new view opening up, another way of looking at things.

This unusual, deeply humourous music expresses some of the surreal complexity of life in Cuba – and of life in general – there are usually at least things things going on at once! Speyer‘s compositions for Time Zone grew out of the collision of Cuban culture with his own, in a personal/family sense as well as a musical sense; and they draw fully on the band’s extensive experience in both musical languages…

This line-up came together in 2012 – individually band members have worked with Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Radiohead, Hermeto Pascual, Yann Tiersen, Orquesta Chepin-Choven, Jamiroquai, Loop Collective, Brian Abrahams, Mark Lockhart, Jesus Alemany… to name but a few.
“Traditional Cuban dance music informs a probing crossover composer’s intelligence, in which time signatures are shuffled and idioms overlaid… Nobody writes music quite like Loz Speyer, and he’s long deserved a bigger stage.” – John Fordham, the Guardian

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