Dee Byrne’s quintet has been steadily developing its own dynamic band sound since its beginnings in 2010. Placing a high importance on improvisation, Dee’s compositions allow breathing space for depth of communication and interaction between the band members. Juggling order and chaos, composition and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey with compelling group interplay, strong themes, open-ended improvisation, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures.
The ensemble comprises alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader Dee Byrne, trumpeter Andre Canniere, keyboardist Rebecca Nash, drummer Matt Fisher and bassist Olie Brice. Having performed live together for some time, the band has achieved a striking empathy and freedom to take risks.
The quintet released its first album ‘New Era’ in June 2015 (F-IRE label) and its second album ‘Moment Frozen’ in September 2017 (Whirlwind Recordings). Both albums were well received by the Jazz press and had extensive radio play.
‘Moment Frozen’ is available to purchase on the Whirlwind Recordings Bandcamp page. The album recording was supported by a PRSF Women Make Music grant in 2016. The quintet recently completed a successful ten-date tour in Autumn 2017 supported by Arts Council England and PRSF Open Fund.
‘Intense, muscular jazz voyage.’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘Byrne’s second album possesses both maturity and complexity but crucially it’s imbued with its own cohesive energy.’ ★★★★ All About Jazz
‘A boiling mix of ideas… Byrne’s compositions contain a unique blend of tension, drama, exploration and resolution.’ ★★★★ Jazz Journal
‘The word is starting to get out. Entropi are now ready for bigger stages.’