are a 4-piece modern jazz
group from London
. Their sound is made distinctive by the use of the hang
, a 21st Century percussion instrument used on all their tracks. The group is composed of Jack Wyllie (soprano and alto saxophone), Duncan Bellamy (drums), Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass), and Nick Mulvey (hang and percussion).
After nearly two years of playing mainly small gigs and busking
regularly outside the National Theatre
in London, they signed to Babel Label
in 2007. Their first album, Knee-deep in the North Sea
was released on 5 November 2007, coupled with performances at the London Jazz Festival
at Purcell Room
together with pianist Michiel Borstlap
and drummer Bill Bruford
They are now signed to Real World Records
and have released their second album 'Isla'. Portico chose their name after the area of London.
Knee-deep In The North Sea
The band's debut album 'Knee-deep in the North Sea' was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize
. The week after the awards show it debuted on the UK Top 200 Albums Chart
at #186.It was Time Out
's best jazz album of 2007.
Recorded and Mixed at Livngston Studios, London on 7th, 8, 9 February and 6th, 7, 8 August 2007<br>Produced by Portico Quartet<br>Co-Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Sonny.
<br>Assisted by Kevin James Feazey
and Simone Filiali<br/>Mastered... Read More