Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Matthew Herbert Big Band - The Yesness
"There are few things Matthew Herbert won’t try in the name of his music. On his latest album There’s Me And There’s You, the electronic mastermind lets his experimental instincts reign free. A dizzying collection of samples – from nails hammered into coffins to condoms scraping along the floor of the British Museum – are brought together under Herbert’s singular vision. One of the album’s highlights The Yesness, is a patchwork of 100 prominent British people saying the word “Yes”. The Queen and Prime Minister Gordon Brown declined his invitation to participate – their formal letters of apology are proudly displayed on Herbert’s website. The man’s passion for found sounds is allied with his political zeal – a vein that runs right from his ‘90s output to There’s Me And There’s You.
That same audacity will be on display when the Matthew Herbert Big Band takes to Australian stages this month. Together with a fine cast of jazz musicians and vocalists, the band leader re-creates his compositions live without the aid of pre-recorded samples." in Inthemix.com.au