James Banner’s USINE


“not everyone wants to pick a side… James Banner… revels in both the avant-garde and the swing… a musical balancing act”  – Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“If you can throw past preferences overboard, USINE rewards you with a unique sound experience” – LikeHiFi Magazine

“driving music… great interplay”BBC Radio 3

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James Banner’s USINE

Cansu Tanrıkulu – Voice
Declan Forde – Piano
James Banner – Bass/Composition
Max Andrzejewski – Drums

With USINE [FR: Factory], British bass player and composer James Banner brings together a collection of European improvisors – all well-established in their own right – to create a sometimes homogenous, sometimes disparate sound-world. The inspiration comes via composed themes based on reworked improvisations, multi-lingual texts that are sung, spoken and screamed, as well as the ever-changing world of literature, art, and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Since release, James Banner’s USINE has received radio play around the EU and US at RBB Kultur, AllAboutJazz Radio, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, BBC Radio 3, SWR2, BRF1 Radio, FRS and Radio ARA Luxembourg. Baum Mitnehmen was track of the day at AllAboutJazz on 03.01.2019. USINE toured the UK and Germany in February-March 2019, partially supported by Initiative Musik, and received support from the Berlin State Department for Culture and Europe to record their debut album.

In 2021/2022 USINE received awards from Senat of Berlin and Musikfonds to develop and record new material – this will be recorded in January 2022 at Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück by Guy Sternberg and released shortly thereafter.

rbbKultur / Jazz thing Live Radio Broadcast at A Trane, Berlin


“James Banner’s USINE is 45 minutes of unobvious and unpredictable music, created thanks to artists connected by an invisible but at the same time noticeable thread of unbounded agreement” – Robert Ratajczak [LongPlay]

“intense and dramatic…gentle and beautiful… an album characteristic of today’s contemporary jazz with the mixture of structure and freedom, full of drama and strong soloing…” – Tony Dudley-Evans [Programme Advisor for Jazzlines/Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Europe Jazz Network/Jazz Promotion Network]


Listen to the Deutschlandfunk Kultur radio feature here ->
james banner's USINE
Album released on 18.10.2018 by JazzHausMusik

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Download EPK/Press Kit (English, PDF) ->

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Sowieso Berlin – Photo by Photomusix/Cristina Marx
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Photo by Olga Baczynska
Symphony Hall Birmingham – Photo by Jazzlines

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