Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
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  • Summary: The third album for the British jazz band incorporates electronic elements to its sound.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Mar 28, 2012
    90
    This record is a playful, daring and capricious listen, and one of the first truly remarkable records of 2012.
  2. Mar 28, 2012
    80
    Stunning... a highly-textured, invigorating adventure in sound. [Mar 2012, p.94]
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    80
    A powerful, graceful album.
  4. Mar 28, 2012
    70
    A mazy, fluid, ethereal suite of chamber jazz to get properly lost in.
  5. 60
    In places, Portico Quartet's third album recalls old-school jazz-funk, from the chamber-jazz end of the spectrum rather than the party end.
  6. Mar 28, 2012
    60
    More cultured chill-out from the East London alchemists. [Feb 2012, p.110]

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  1. Nov 4, 2012
    10
    Without doubt my favourite album this year. With a big electronic aspect now this is a bit of a departure from previous albums, however is farWithout doubt my favourite album this year. With a big electronic aspect now this is a bit of a departure from previous albums, however is far more accessible for those who aren't big Jazz fans whilst still retaining a lot of what made them popular to start with. Collapse
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    8
    This is a fabulously grand album that manages to make retain the notion that jazz is a convincing and unique work of (american) art postThis is a fabulously grand album that manages to make retain the notion that jazz is a convincing and unique work of (american) art post countless **** rubbish jazz bar knock offs since the late 70s basically. Also it whacks in feelings of isolation and handles the seemingly impossible job of updating honest to goodness, artistically pure jazz for the 21st century with a slight electronic vibe throughout the album. With few lyrics Portico let the musicianship speak for itself. Which it does without a moments hesitation. Expand