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Everything We Hold

by Kairos 4tet

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    Complete with booklet containing photographs and lyrics by Rupert Friend

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Reunion 07:11


“Spellbinding instrumentals that blend high-calibre jazz improvisation with accessible melodies…a scintillating new opus” MOJO ****

“Bursting with dreamy, hummable melodic themes… this is easily Waldmann’s best to date…hangs together beautifully in the way albums were always meant to” Jazzwise ****

“Adam Waldmann is no respecter of boundaries…Unleashing London soul star Omar on the folksy Song for the Open Road proves a masterstroke. Waldmann’s playing is joyous” THE OBSERVER ‘Hidden Gem of 2013’

“Waldmann’s sensitivity to jazz dynamics and potential for improv remains sharp, as is his own sax-playing…Jules Buckley adds rich strings arrangements…very accomplished” **** THE GUARDIAN

” “the greatness of the album lies in how its varied elements come together so convincingly” **** THE TIMES

“Musically complex but melodically irresistible, the album is a winner from first to last…Waldmann plays with such lyrical expressiveness it’s easy to forget he’s not a vocalist too” (UK Metro)

“Everything We Hold is the sound of a band building on earlier successes, a beautifully-crafted work that takes the quartet’s sound onward and upward…full of great ideas, brought to fruition by great musicians.” All About Jazz

A ‘beguiling mix of soulful jazz-folk songs and kinetic modern jazz’ Jazzwise

“probably the best release I’ve heard this year…sublime” Culture Capital, Catherine Marks

“a clever and sensitive record” The Independent, ****

“..a deft, clever and engaging piece of work…channeling the spirits of Wayne Shorter, Nick Drake and Astor Piazolla into a compelling, haunting hybrid… moment(s) of exquisite beauty, a rather special piece of tightrope walking from Waldmann” Music OMH ****

“Kairos have created an album that seems set to increase their across the board appeal but without in any way compromising their artistic or political integrity. It’s a pretty impressive feat and one that seems guaranteed to ensure that their star will continue to rise. ” ****1/2 The JazzMann

“This album will charm you” **** York Press

“it’s the attention to fine detail which lifts this engaging recording to a higher level…sure to garner a wider following, whilst continuing to enthrall current audiences.” LondonJazz

“there are so few new jazz bands writing complex vocal tunes and this is the band that’s doing it, and they’re doing it so well…vocal melodies are beautiful as are the lyrics. Just Beautiful” Jamie Cullum

“Beautiful melodies” BBC 6 Music: Huey Morgan

“all the complexity and improvisational intent of a first-rate jazz ensemble, but the group’s leader, saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann, is clearly interested in more… It’s a fine balance, but Waldman’s deft arrangements of his own tunes, with lyrics by actor Rupert Friend, strike it perfectly” The Irish Times ****

“Everything We Hold is filled with these solid melodies and compelling hooks, the playing is exemplary, and the whole thing has a beauty and accessibility which should bring it a wide audience.” The Jazz Breakfast

“Listening to the whole record in its entirety is a pleasure, so consider this my tip for the next set of Mercury Prize nominations.” Jazz UK


released June 10, 2014

Kairos 4tet are:
Adam Waldmann - saxophones/compositions
Ivo Neame - piano
Jasper Høiby - bass
Jon Scott - drums

Guest vocalists;
Omar Lye-Fook MBE - vocals (T6)
Marc O'Reilly - vocals (T2, T4, T9)
Emilia Martensson - vocals (T1, T4, T12)

Additional musicians;
Ben Davis - Cello (T2, T5, T12, T13)
Rupert Friend - glockenspiel (T8)
Jules Buckley - additional piano (T4), metal drum (T2)
Ivo Neame - harmonium (T4), accordion (T2, T4, T6), bass clarinet (T7, T8, T10)
John Turville - piano (T9, T13)
Tom Mason - bass (T9, T13)
Kate Robinson - violin (T4, T9, T13)
Matthew Elston - violin (T4, T9, T13)
Becky Jones - viola (T4, T9, T13)
Julia Dale - cello (T4, T9, T13)
Tori Handsley - harp (T4, T9, T13)
Tim Anderson - French horn (T9,T13)

All music composed by Adam Waldmann
Lyrics for Home To You, Narrowboat Man, Song For The Open Road and Ell's Bells by Rupert Friend. Narrowboat Man and Ell's Bells arranged by Jules Buckley. The 99 Part 2 & 3 arranged by Adam Waldmann and Jon Scott.

Recorded at Real World Studios, Bath, UK / The Premises, London, UK
Mixed by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios, Trondheim, Norway
Engineered by Patrick Philips and Alex Kilpartrick (Real World Studios)
Song For The Open Road, engineered by Sonny of Sparedougal (The Premises)
Ell's Bells and additional recording engineered by Jason Howes and Tom Carmichael (The Premises)
Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, London, UK
Design by Jim Wright
Cover photography by Steven Christenson (StarCircleAcademy.com)
Photography by Joanna Natalija Gourley


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Kairos 4tet are a British jazz band, spearheading a new breed of ensembles that bridge the gap between the classic and the contemporary; the jazz idiom and the popular dominion; burning improvisations and songs to linger long after the music stops.

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