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Personnel:
Phil Bancroft (sax, flute, clarinet)
Kevin MacKenzie (guitar)
Dave Milligan (Keyboards)
Tom Bancroft (drums)
John Spiers (bass)
Gina Rae (guest vocals)

Tracklisting:
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Swirler
'Swirler'
Caber 006
The Members from Swirler also appears on:
Tom Bancroft Orchestra 'Pieology'
Phil Bancroft 'Swings and Roundabouts'
John Rae 'Celtic Feet'
Trio AAB 'Wherever I Lay My Home That's My Hat'
Trio AAB 'Stranger Things Happen at C'
Dave Milligan 'Late Show'

 
Album Notes :

Swirler is the debut release from Kevin MacKenzie's band of the same name, which is redefining the boundaries between Jazz and Dance music by featuring hip hop, funk, drum╣n bass, and house influenced grooves alongside powerful soloing and evocative vocals.

Kevin MacKenzie was the recipient of a SAC Creative Scotland Award in 2002 and Caber Music will be releasing a new album in 2004 featuring his new band 'Vital Signs╣, consisting of nine jazz and celtic artists performing Kevin MacKenzie╣s original compositions.

"swirls together heady jazz passages and funk based dance grooves with hip hop, drum în bass etc...an incendiary funk jam" Outsight (US)

Artist Information:

Kevin Mackenzie (guitar)
Kevin has lived in New York, London and now resides in his home town of Edinburgh. He has a post graduate diploma in advanced jazz from the Guildhall School of Music in London and has worked with among others Benny Carter, Tommy Smith, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Wellins and Kenny Wheeler. His bands have appeared alongside Courtney Pine, the Jazz Crusaders, Ornette Coleman, Robben Ford and Bob Berg.

"Kevin Mackenzie demonstrated once again that he brings both brilliance of execution and clarity of purpose to his playing whatever the context". - The Scotsman

Dave Milligan (keys)
Dave has a degree in jazz from Leeds Music College and is one of the most sought after pianists in Scotland. He has played with Art Farmer, Scott Hamilton, Pete King, Valery Ponomarev and Buddy De-Franco as well as working regularly with Carol Kidd.

"a hugely resourceful and quick thinking player..... don't miss him" - Jazz UK.

Tom Bancroft (drums)
Tom studied composition and arranging at McGill university in Montreal. He has toured extensively with his own groups "Kilt Couture" and the "Tom Bancroft Orchestra" as well as organising large scale projects such as "Multi-Story Karma Park". (a full multi media performance and a hit at the 1997 Glasgow Jazz Festival). His compositions have been used in film and dance and he has toured/worked with Tommy Smith, Martyn Bennet, Sun Ra and many others.

Phil Bancroft (sax)
Phil is as much in demand for his ability as a soloist as for his compositions. He has written scores for film and dance and won the 1998 "Herald Angel" award with the "Fresh Mess" Dance Company. He has studied with George Galzone and Dave Liebman and has worked with an extensive list of jazz and rock musicians such as Hue and Cry, Ricky Ross, Ernst Reisinger and Capercaillie.

"Phil Bancroft captures the energy of tenor sax giants Joe Lovano and David Murray.... hard hitting contemporary modern jazz." - The List.

John Speirs (bass)
John is one of the most talented and inventive players to come out of Scotland in recent years. He is in demand for his jazz playing as well as working with bands such as "Tempis Fugit" who were featured at "King Tuts Wah Wah Hut" as part of Radio 1's Sound City .

   
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