Zeep. One of the most exciting live acts currently touring Britain.
no playlist a bit of trainspotting here.
Zeep is primarily Nina Miranda & Chris Franck.
Nina and Chris were involved in two of the biggest selling and critically acclaimed Brazilian-influenced acts of the past decade – Smoke City (still remembered for their seminal 'Underwater Love' track that was the soundtrack to a Levi's advert) - and Da Lata, signed to Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures label.
They have just released their debut self titled album. Alongside Nina on vocals and Chris on guitars are some of Brazil's finest musicians: Mauro Berman (bassist for Marcelo D2 and member of Democustico), Marcelo Jeneci Da Silva (keyboardist with Vanessa Da Mata and Chico Cesar) and Marcalzinho (percussionist with Joao Bosco & Pat Metheney). UK based Italian drummer Davide Giovannini (drummer with Marcos Valle & Steve Winwood) came along on the trip with them and back in Blighty they recorded the second half of the album with Mike Lindup (Level 42, Da Lata) on keys, Tristan Banks on drums (Terry Callier, Dave Valentin) plus Diabel Cissokho with guest vocals and Momadou Sarr on djembe. The album also features the voice of UK jazz and TV legend Kenny Lynch and the sax of the superb Jason Yarde (Hugh Masekela, Roy Ayres, Hermeto Pascoal).
This is a mix they have put together for straightup to expose their many sided influences on the album. The album can be pick up through Far Out Recordings and in the opinion of this humble reviewer one of, if not, the best releases that Far Out has put out.
Thur 15 Nov - Bristol St George's
Fri 16 Nov - Totnes, Dartington Hall
Sat 17 Nov - Leicester Phoenix
Sun 18 Nov - London Queen Elizabeth Hall (London Jazz Festival)
Tue 20 Nov - Brighton Dome, Pavilion Theater/Corn Exchange
Wed 21 Nov - Derby Assembly Rooms (Derby Jazz)
Thur 22 Nov - The Stables, Wavendon (Milton Keynes)
Fri 23 Nov - Reading Concert Hall
Sun 25 Nov - Glasgow, The Arches
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