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“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… occasionally quite challenging…” – Tony Dudley-Evans [Programme Advisor for Jazzlines/Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Europe Jazz Network/Jazz Promotion Network]
“not everyone wants to pick a side… James Banner… revels in both the avant-garde and the swing… a musical balancing act” – Martin Böttcher [Deutschlandfunk Kultur]
,,If you can throw past preferences overboard, USINE rewards you with a unique sound experience” – Christian Kautz [LikeHiFi]
- 06.12. – James Banner’s USINE – ZigZag Jazz Club, Berlin
- 10.01. – James Banner’s USINE – JazzKeller69 (Aufsturz), Berlin
Since release, James Banner’s USINE has received radio play around the EU and US at AllAboutJazz Radio, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 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.