press

2016

“There’s something particularly appealing about the way the bright melodies of Stoop Quintet cast a long shadow.  The music of Confession has a warm presence, but there’s also something a little ominous about it, too, and those dark tones add a complementary quality that makes all the difference between this being just another modern jazz session and something more special.”

Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

“Together the quintet have forged an engrossing originality that not only highlights the compositional skills of Brigg, but also brings to life a togetherness and richly entertaining balance of thought-provoking and expressionistic music…”

“…The impeccable piano and bass-led riff of “Turn” has a maturity to it, one that suggests this band have been playing together far longer than they actually have. There’s a warmth and depth to the music that is very satisfying… On “Fable”, undoubtedly one of my favourite tracks on the album, Briggs’ haunting piano draws the listener in…His tunes may be like short stories individually, but on this piece he creates a whole new world for the listener to fall into…”

“The energetic, romping “Sevens” has a classical/jazz avante grade feel to it, but it never loses the listener’s attention. Brigg’s piano is the rock on which most of the music is built, with him rarely coming to the fore, but here he does, with an infectious style to his playing that suggests a restlessness, a kind of searching to still a cluttered, over-active mind… I’m listening to a very good composer here, as the band lead me through this confession in alluring, revealing style. The music twists and turns, taking me on journey of surprise and intrigue. The album closes with “Soldier On”, a stunning end to the recording.”

Mike Gates, UK Vibe

2015

‘Finally Sinful Sinfonies by Jonathan Brigg… full of crazy rhythms, shakes and shimmies redolent of 1920s’ jazz updated by Mark-Anthony Turnage, a selection of vaudeville characters for the ears, before becoming ghostly, a reminiscence of the night before…’

Colin Anderson, Classical Source

For me, the stand out new work was Jonathan Brigg’s fabulously groovy Sinful SinfoniesTim Foxton, Help Musicians UK.

2014

‘Jonathan Brigg’s Scat-Man was an extraordinary text sound piece’
Charles Hunt, The Press

 

”Song to the Bare City/Stoop Kid’ made a striking entrance, stabbing with vigour’

Martin Longley, Jazzwise

JAZZWISE_MAY-14

 2013

Sometimes the music has a tranquil drift, sometimes the music shrieks and swerves with maniacal passion. There is no guessing where the music will begin, nor where it will end up. And considering that this is an album dreamed up in the imagination of a composer secluded out in the middle of nowhere, with no boundaries, then perhaps this albums sounds exactly as its origin dictates. In the short span of two years, Threads Orchestra has deftly illustrated a daring adventurousness in choice of music and an undeniable likability in its presentation of it. It bodes well for the future, for the UK scene and jazz as a whole’.

Dave Sumner, All About Jazz

2012

‘Scrap Metal’s hint of cartoon mischief segued into the darker animated mosaic of The Freedom Of Execution’

The Press

‘Jonathan Brigg’s arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo is interesting and  complex, whilst musically unsettling in the opening phrases. But mixed language in the lyrics reflects different peoples saying a similar thing and Brigg takes this to another level, providing an image of many distant cities in simultaneous rejoicing.’ 

David Heathcote, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner