Bassist Jim Barr once remarked that Get The Blessing were “total outsiders” and “the punk entry” when they won the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album with ‘All Is Yes’. Almost six years later and four albums down the line, the same could still be said to hold true, albeit with a little more wisdom at their disposal.
Formed in 2000 to share a fascination with the improvisation and monophonic nature of Ornette Coleman’s earlier works and throughout this time, the line-up has remained the same throughout with Portishead rhythm masters Jim Barr and Clive Deamer on bass and drums respectively, Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone. And all this despite other commitments for everyone, not least Deamer’s recruitment as Radiohead’s second live drummer in 2012. The band’s old friend and collaborator – and Portishead guitarist – Adrian Utley also makes the occasional guest appearance.
Their new album ‘Bristopia’ will be released with Kartel on 21 September 2018.
“Seriously creative, wonderfully irreverent” MOJO MAGAZINE
“GTB harness rock and jazz with uncompromising power” TIME OUT
Jim Barr – bass
Clive Deamer – drums
Pete Judge – trumpet
Jake McMurchie – sax