The Brave is the stunning debut album from guitarist Hannes Riepler featuring some of the finest players on the young London jazz scene. The Austrian-born London-based guitarist writes music that is influenced by swing, rock, classical and folk music but its roots are firmly established in the jazz tradition and his music is contemporary and melodic.
Hannes is joined by a band of rising stars. Tenor saxophonist Tom Challenger (Ma. Outhouse, Red Snapper) and pianist Kit Downes, an original member of Empirical, winner of BBC Jazz Award for Rising Star in 2008, a British Jazz Award in 2010 and a 2010 Mercury nomination for his debut album Golden. Drummer Jon Scott has just won a MOBO award with Kairos 4tet, another quartet originating from this London scene and Ryan Trebilcock completes the Quintet on double bass.
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“London continues to be a magnet for foreign jazz musicians, and one of the best is Austrian guitarist Hannes Riepler” (The Daily Telegraph)
“British jazz has a long and proud history, and London’s international population has had nothing but positive effects on our home-grown stars. There’s no better case in point here, as some of our brightest young jazz sparks coalesce around London-based Austrian guitarist Hannes Riepler for this classy debut album…Riepler’s compositions offer hearty melodies and lush harmonies that Downes adeptly explores, while also providing plenty of breathing space for his own tasteful guitar work to take flight.” (Mike Flynn, Bass Guitar Magazine)
“smart and often surprising contemporary jazz pieces… Downes’s long solo, full of explosive short phrases, chordal shouts and long-limbed runs, is almost worth an album on its own.” (John Fordham, The Guardian) Read the Full Review
“this is attractive, intelligent jazz performed by an accomplished, fiercely interactive but sensitive and thoughtful band.” (Chris Parker, London Jazz) Read the Full Review
“The Brave is a well paced, intelligently programmed album that impresses with both the quality of Riepler’s writing and the exemplary playing by each member of the quintet” (Ian Mann, TheJazzMann.com) Read the Full Review
“Dynamic soaring playing and beautiful compositions. A breath of fresh air straight from the heart of the big smoke.” (Jasper Høiby, Phronesis)
“Riepler stylishly combines the immediacy of New York’s propulsive Downtown style with classical and folk textures.” (London Jazz Festival)