Twelves

Live Act Contemporary Jazz Ambient Improvisation Alt-folk
Twelves - Contemporary Jazz Ambient Improvisation Alt-folk Live Act in London

Twelves Short Info

A long-standing group, the original Twelves Trio grew out of producer Ben Lamdin's band Nostalgia 77 and was inspired by bassist/composer Vosloo's love of William Parker's records. Following their debut CD 'Here Comes the Woodman with his Splintered Soul' (1965 Records/Sony, 2008) they added guitarist Updegraff and underwent an intensive period of gigging which resulted in their second CD 'The Adding Machine' (Babel Label, 2011), a mishmash of composition and free improvisation likened to Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, Last Exit and Power Tools-era Bill Frisell. With their third CD 'Strange Folk' set for release on Babel in May 2016, the band is now focused on a more folk-orientated sound, finding new ways to interpret traditional melodies, but still with group improvisation at its core.

"Twelves have a real this-is-what-we-do presence and casual virtuosity to match."
John Fordham, The Guardian

"A heady mix of Prime Time-like keening and Sco/Lo-type driving urgency, Twelves are well-equipped to move, as they do, between dramatic, anthemic rock and tumbling freer music."
Chris Parker, londonjazz blog

"The recordings here strike an inspired balance between knotty compositions, patient melodic development and dynamic, turbulent free improvisation. It is testament to the group's considerable skill that the result is not an uncomfortable mish-mash, but rather a series of coherent, powerful statements with a strong sense of narrative."
Daniel Paton, MusicOMH website

"An excellent album, and obviously a group that isn't standing still. Developing since it's first incarnation into a stronger unit that plays a music that is both daring and accessible."
Joe Higham, Free Jazz blog

"A tight yet exploratory set that neatly balances brains and brawn." BBC Music

A long-standing group, the original Twelves Trio grew out of producer Ben Lamdin's band Nostalgia 77 and was inspired by bassist/composer Vosloo's love of William Parker's records. Following their debut CD 'Here Comes the Woodman with his Splintered Soul' (1965 Records/Sony, 2008) they added guitarist Updegraff and underwent an intensive period of gigging which resulted in their second CD 'The Adding Machine' (Babel Label, 2011), a mishmash of composition and free improvisation likened to Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, Last Exit and Power Tools-era Bill Frisell. With their third CD 'Strange Folk' set for release on Babel in May 2016, the ba...

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Discography Twelves

  • 2016 Strange Folk Album | Babel Label
  • 2011 The Adding Machine Album | Babel Label
  • 2008 Here Comes The Woodman With His Splintered Soul Album | 1965 Records

Media

  • Video Twelves - Shallow Brown @ T...
  • Sound Twelves - My Love Is Like A...

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Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2006

Members

  • Riaan Vosloo double and electric basses, compositions and arrangements
  • Mark Hanslip tenor saxophone, compositions and arrangements
  • Rob Updegraff guitar
  • Tim Giles drums

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