The Evening Standard – Jack Massarick
MASTERMINDED by guitarist composer Jonny Phillips, Oriole involves many members of London’s most prolific self-help group, the F-Ire Collective.
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 behind Ingrid Laubrock’s tenor solos and subtle voice- unders from Julia Biel and Guillermo Rozenthuler. If you like your jazz gentle, worldy, folksy and acoustic, look no further.