Straight no Chaser – Song for the Sleeping

This album is the latest broadside from the F-ire collective, and Oriole are one of those groups that avoid the obvious choices of instrumentation, coming instead with the colours of the bass clarinet and cello in the mix- reminiscent of a modern day Chico Hamilton. The combination of Seb Rochford’s[…]

Jazzwise – Song for the Sleeping – Review

More downtown New York than south east London, Oriole proves how open-minded young British based improvisers are these days. As you’d expect from members of the fire collective, guitarist Jonny Phillips outfit includes artistry and adventurism in their vision of jazz, yet Oriole ultimately displays more lyrical and worldly traits[…]

The Independent – Song for the Sleeping – Review

Oriole “song for the sleeping” (F-ire, via proper music) led by Jonny Phillips, Oriole are a group that are part of the F-ire collective, a group of musicians that focus on improvisation evoking Phillips’ travels in such areas as Eygpt, Brazil and Spain, the album blends various middle eastern sounds[…]

The Glasgow Herald – Song for the Sleeping – Review

The F-IRE collective represents some of the London jazz scene’s most energetic and imaginative young musicians, and it’s the imaginative aspect that features strongly on its latest release. Led by guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, Oriole is a nonet, including cello, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and keyboards, with influences straddling[…]

The Guardian – Song For The Sleeping – Review

F-ire Collective musicians have started turning up all over the mainstream polls (notably the BBC Jazz Awards in 2004 and 2005) and the input of the gifted drummer/composer and F-ire stalwart Seb Rochford has been at the heart of recent UK jazz success stories like Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear –[…]

Independent on Sunday – Song for the Sleeping – Review

More super-confident new British jazz, with guitarist Jonny Phillips’ compositions for octet (with the addition of vocalist Julia Biel on two tracks, and occasional guests) providing tight, idiomatic themes that repeated listening brings to life. Standout instrumentalists are the strikingly good Ben Davis on cello, Sarah Homer on bass clarinet,[…]

The Vortex (London) – Migration – Review

Club regulars will already be familiar with Oriole’s first album, Song for the Sleeping (F-IRE CD03), even if only subliminally, since it’s frequently played between sets. This, the band’s second album, has many of the debut recording’s virtues (striking Jonny Phillips melodies imbued with deliciously wistful melancholy courtesy chiefly of[…]

Time Out – Migration – Review

Their new Album ‘Migration’ is an early contender for jazz release of the year, a sublime, slightly unsettling but emotionally rewarding work that draws on folk, north Brazilian, West African and Mediterranean music. Like the Norwegian pianist Christian Wallumrod, Phillips conjures music that is quietly intense, beguilingly beautiful and full[…]

The Evening Standard – Migration – Review

Described as “a sensory banquet of soaring melodies, colourful South American folklore, lively dances and emotional ballads of longing”, their music often sounds distinctly English, with clarinet and Ben Davis’s languid cello prominent in the mix. But the rhythm section, sparked by Acoustic Ladyland anchorman Seb Rochford, chugs along firmly[…]

Echoes – Migration – Review

If a strapline for the promotion of Oriole were needed, then how’s about this – the UK’s self contained neo-samba nova wave that’s well free of any ipanema coctail cliche. I’m playfully pumping the hype, but the groups eminence grise, the guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, comes over in earnest[…]