CLAIRE IS A BANDLEADER OF CONTEMPORARY JAZZ LARGE ENSEMBLE
The band comprises some of the most outstanding artists in the UK.
Claire Cope: Piano / Synthesiser / Compositions
Brigitte Beraha: Voice
Jack Davies: Trumpet
Rob Cope: Tenor Saxophone
Ed Babar: Electric bass / Double bass
Tom Varrall: Guitar
Jon Ormston: Drums
Led by Claire and featuring her original compositions, Small World is the debut album from Ensemble C.
Small World was recorded at Temple Studio with Justin Hill and Tim Redpath, mixed and mastered by Rob Buckland.
Artwork by Lydia Orange.
Reviews for Ensemble C
“This is a particularly good, strong debut album from an ensemble that puts across a very coherent, well-written set of tunes from composer Claire Cope. I shall be listening out for more from this group of talented musicians led by someone who clearly knows how to write highly enjoyable ensemble jazz music.”
“This album is full of choices, decisions, an intricate working between the musicians and as a voyage through life is working and full of promise at times, whilst calm and reflective at others. Very enjoyable and the music reveals Cope as a musician with a deep sense of communication and musical community.”
– SAMMY STEIN, JAZZ VIEWS
“Composer and pianist Claire Cope has released a stunning debut album entitled ‘Small World’. Inspired by her love of travelling and human experience and connections, Claire along with her fantastic band, Ensemble C, take us on a wistful and fulfilling journey. Each track has a varied and unique inspiration that is communicated through the music beautifully.”
“Listening to SMALL WORLD (the debut recording from Claire Cope, performed by her septet Ensemble C) I was transported to a place of hope. Claire’s music is beautiful; imaginative, uplifting, thoughtful and reflective. The beauty is the subtlety; of the journey of a melody, the gently shifting sands of texture and the control of form, energy and dynamic. All in Ensemble C bring personality to SMALL WORLD, with special mention to vocalist Brigitte Beraha, and Claire herself (listen to her piano introduction on ‘Eyes Open’). Finely recorded and mixed, SMALL WORLD is a treasure that should be shared far and wide!”