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Colman Brothers
Colman Brothers - Colman Brothers
(CD/Download) Wah Wah 45s WAHCD014, 2011-05-30

The Colman Brothers debut long-player is upon us at last! Inspired as always by 60's and 70's jazz and samba, typical of legends such as Freddie Hubbard & Horace Silver, and groups like Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination & Brass, the Colman Brothers' eponymous debut combines the influences of this golden age with their own deft production skills, and a little vocal assistance from Colman sister, Sara. The opening track, Mr. DG is a fitting tribute to Dizzy Gillespie himself, and the latin flavoured Momo a quirky little number that's sure to raise a smile or two; whereas the rather more ominous cut The Chief brings to mind 70's spy soundtracks, and the sultry Some Other Wonder (featuring Sara Colman on vocals) and On A Better Day are stirring moody late night beauties. Then there are the trademark Colman dance floor monsters too of course, in the shape of Sem Amor, El Nino and its younger sibling Another Brother, plus some forward thinking remix work courtesy of the boys themselves of the latter, and the classic single She Who Dares. A heavyweight album we're sure you'll agree!

Colman Brothers
Colman Brothers - Colman Brothers
(CD/Download) Wah Wah 45s WAHCD014, 2011-05-30

Colman Brothers - Debut album! by WahWah45s

Tracklisting :
01. Mr. DG 04:16
02. Another Brother (Album Version) 05:23
03. MOMO 03:51
04. Sem Amor 03:55
05. The Chief 05:53
06. She Who Dares (Remix) 03:52
07. Some Other Wonder 04:44
08. El Nino 05:03
09. On A Better Day 05:22
10. Another Brother (Remix) 03:32

Note : all tracks written, arranged, recorded & produced by Mat Colman & Andrew Colman. Sem Amor & Some Other Wonder also written by Sara Colman.

Links :
Colman Brothers : official | bandcamp | facebook | myspace | twitter | vimeo
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Biography :
Brothers Matt and Andrew Colman play trombone and trumpet respectively. The pair, from Bristol, have been writing together for the last 6 years. Their music combines traditional latin and jazz flavours with contemporary beats and the kind of horn power you would expect from this duo of brass masters.

Mat Colman is a trombonist who can boast to having played with artists as varied as The Herbaliser, Chris Bowden, Pee Wee Ellis, Shola Ama, Ben E. King, 4-Hero, Black Grape and Suggs(!); whilst young Andrew Colman, trumpet and flugelhorn genius, has not only held his own with Corrine Bailey Rae, Peter King and Perry Hemus, but was recently voted the Young Jazz Musician of the Year! Hes also responsible for that cheeky little trumpet on Jamie Finlays rather excellent Wah Wah 45s release from 2005.

The Bristol dwelling pair came up with “El Nino” whilst listening to an album by German composer and band leader, Peter Herbolzheimer, famous for his Rhythm Combination and Brass. The result was a dope, bluesy latin joint, with a more sultry twist on the Cha Cha Mix and a suitably uplifting, be-bop influence on the Big Band Edit.

Second single, “She Who Dares”, followed suit with more hefty horns and big band beats, and the third single, “Sem Amor”, even features the vocal talents of Colman Sister Sara. The most recent single, ‘Another Brother”, returns to the El Nino sound, and is another dance floor destroyer!

The Colmans’ eponymous debut LP is at once a tribute to the brothers’ heroes, such as Dizzy Gillespie (on the track “Mr. D.G.”) Freddie Hubbard and Francy Bolland, but isn’t all about the dance floor – tracks such as the eerily cinematic “The Chief”, the evocative “On A Better Day”, and the luscious “Some Other Wonder” (featuring Sara again) are far more restrained but equally inviting pieces. With huge support from Gilles Peterson on Radio 1, Peter Young on Jazz FM and many more following in their wake, we think you’ll agree that they really are something for us to blow our trumpet about!! (Pardon the pun).

Feedback :
"I like everything the Colman Brothers do!" Gilles Peterson (Radio 1)

"This is hot and original jazz dance stuff which is getting rarer and rarer these days. Big up Wah Wah 45s for keeping it up! Mr. DG is a killer. The whole album sounds great!" Michael Ruetten (Compost Records, Germany)

"Good album. Will be featured over the next few months." Peter Young (Jazz FM)

"'She Who Dares' and 'El Nino' are the killa cuts i'll be playing out. Superb album all round, its definitely gonna get a lot of play this summer!" Pimpernel Jones (Herma Puma, First Word Records)

"After a handful of genuinely amazing 45′s, The Colman Brothers LP has been a much anticipated release here at Jelly towers. The expectation has been high, and even before hearing it I kind of knew that this would be one of the most artistically complete things Wah Wah has ever put out, I wasn't wrong!

Mat (trombone) and Andrew (trumpet/flugelhorn) with sister Sara on vocals have created simply stunning straight-up-jazz for the dancefloor album, it brings tough bossa rhythms on cuts like 'Mr. DG', the blazing 'Another Brother' and 'Sem Amor', alongside the more chilled late night flavours of 'Momo' and 'The Chief', and doing so have produced a beautifully constructed album that pays homage, musically and visually, to labels like Atlantic, Prestige and Riverside. This one is for fans of quality music, peroid. Fans of Nostalgia 77 and the like,this is your bag for sure. Big props to Animisiewasz from Poland too for a gorgeous bit of sleeve design!" Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz)

"Colman Brothers rocks, including also nice tunes I have not heard before, great! Fine artwork and package, too!" Vesa Yli-Pelkonen / Wahoo! DJs Helsinki

"Heavy heavy music from Colman Brothers. They just made that dance floor jazz feeling fresh again. I'm still playing the Rhythm & Brass remix of 'Sem Amor' so I can't wait to get close to this pile of new tunes. The 'Another Brother' remix is sounding really special. Can't wait to turn it up. Fergus Murphy (Lights Down Low, RBMA Radio,, Denmark)

"I like everything the Marx Brothers did and the Colman Brothers have some hot tunes! ; •)" Rogall (Perfect Toy / Sonar Kollektiv, Berlin, Germany)

"This is SWEET from beginning to end!" Chris Greenwood (Stop Making Sense festival / Favela Chic)

"Wow! Looking forward to this!" Phil Jones (Polish Jazz Radio, Warsaw)

"Great album !" Ralf Zitzmann (Agogo Records, Germany)

"Beautiful album! I think I just fell in love with the Colman Brothers!" Markus Milz (Further In Fusion)

"The album is a winner. Love it!" DJ Georgios Paraglou (Greece)

"I just love it!" DJ Kwak

"My favorite jazz dance band with a full album, wow what a surprise!!! All killer, no filler, for sure. One of my top albums for 2011 and the future." DJ Robert Lochmann (Jazzmadass Radio Show, Radio X, Frankfurt, Germany)


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