Since its foundation in early 2008, Edition Records have become one of the most renowned independent jazz labels, consistently developing their roster of emerging talent. One of the clearest examples of Edition’s ability to recognise talent is their work with the trio Phronesis.

With Jasper Høiby (double bass), Ivo Neame (piano), Anton Eger (drums), Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move people in a way that few bands are able to do. Since the release of their second album Green Delay in 2009, Phronesis, led by Danish double-bassist Jasper Høiby, have captured the hearts and minds of British audiences and developed a fierce reputation as one of the most formidable trios in the UK.

2010 saw the trio gain increasing attention in Europe, with acclaimed performances at the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, and the Copenhagen and North Sea Jazz Festivals. Back in the UK, the trio were nominated for ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’ in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in April, featured on the front cover of Jazzwise Magazine in August, and their charismatic live performances prompted Jazzwise’s editor Jon Newey to describe them as ‘the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST’.

Their third album Alive (Edition Records), featuring guest drummer Mark Guiliana (Avishai Cohen/Meshell Ndegeocello), was released in July 2010 to great critical acclaim, not only confirming their reputation, but looking set to escalate them to the forefront of the European contemporary jazz scene.

Phronesis was created by Copenhagen-born, London-based bassist Jasper Høiby in 2005, following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Phronesis’ debut album Organic Warfare was released in November 2007 on Loop Records, and charted in the US iTunes ‘top 100 selling albums’ for two months following its release. To date it has sold more than 12,000 downloads internationally. Their hotly anticipated second album Green Delay was released in June 2009, receiving critical acclaim from The Guardian, Jazzwise (who voted it as one of their top ten albums of 2009) and The Times. Journalist Chris Parker described it as ‘a compulsively listenable, often downright haunting album’.

Høiby’s compositions are anchored on powerful, melodic and often hypnotic bass grooves, whilst British pianist Ivo Neame’s continually unfolding melodic lines and Swedish drummer Anton Eger’s astonishingly accomplished rhythmic textures combine to create a vibrant distinctive sound.

Like many of the Edition artists, Phronesis are destined to become part of the long legacy of great British jazz artists constantly taking their music to the next level. Westbury are thrilled to be working with such a group of talent.


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