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The Journey


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Imagine Sam Reider as a magnet – a creative force so positively attractive that some of the best musicians in Brooklyn – and much further afield – were very naturally drawn towards him.

The moment we heard the work that emerged from this warm and spicy cauldron, we realised this was a refreshingly honest meeting of minds - and talent that’s bursting at the seams - producing new music that is set to make those prepared to jump in and embrace it, very happy indeed.

Just like Simon Jeffes did with The Penguin Café Orchestra, this is easy-on-the-ear and beautifully executed music that is filled with passion and lifts the spirits.

In the USA, there are some who have compared it to The Punch Brothers, and, yes, we get that.

But, this does not have roots solely in bluegrass/new grass. Reider made his mark in some cool jazz circles then discovered American roots music in all of its colourful guises, and the subsequent fermentation period produced a heady and uplifting brew inspired as much by Celtic and Eastern European fiddle-tunes as gypsy jazz, and western film score.

A hugely accomplished composer/pianist/accordionist, we heard flashes of Basque maestro Kepa Junkera as well.

A debut album, Too Hot To Sleep will deliver music that gets stuck in your head and keeps you up at night. Born out of months of heavy touring, sleep deprivation and creative excess, it is part journey through the underworld and part midnight revelry.

The Human Hands joined together here are all young, virtuoso acoustic musicians based in New York City who have developed a reputation for mind-bending, high-energy sets.

The line-up includes some of the finest figures in American roots music: Violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, Deadly Gentleman), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).

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