The Magic Hat Ensemble is a hard swinging collective of virtuoso musicians. Their debut album has been heralded as “sophisticated”, “quirky”, “awesome” and “bursting with ideas”.
The Magic Hat Ensemble take tunes from the standard jazz repertoire and use them as a vehicle for high energy, elaborate arrangements often delivered with a tongue in cheek approach. This band grooves…
With Steve Chadwick – Trumpet/Cornet, Andrzej Baranek – Piano, Tony Ormesher – Guitar, Nick Blacka – Bass and Rob Turner on Drums.
Reviews / Quotes
“The Magic Hat Ensemble have their own voice with many different inflections from Monk, Shelley Manne, even Oscar Peterson and they put it all together with a unique twist.” Jerry Bergonzi
“…joyful and utterly unpretentious. The arrangements of often familiar material are both ingenious and intriguing and are perfect launching pads for inspired improvisation. This is one of the most refreshing groups I’ve heard in ages.” Alan Barnes
“..a band bursting with musicianship….The Magic Hat Ensemble thrive as a unit and confirm that it is possible to be adventurous and innovative within the confines of a genre. A gem” Manchester Evening News 4* Review
“…(an) adventurous spirit is still afoot in British jazz in groups like The Magic Hat Ensemble….(This Conversation is Over is) a highly individual collection of standards.” Geoffrey Smith – BBC R3 Jazz Record Requests