Formed by Danish bassist Jasper Hoiby in 2005, the energy and individuality of Phronesis comes from an extraordinary democracy of expression and intuitive empathy between the musicians - British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger come together with Høiby to create a propulsive groove-driven sound that is utterly accessible despite its underlying complexity.
Their vibrantly-titled new album, Life to Everything (Edition Records, 2014) released in April, has garnered glowing reviews from the world’s press. Since the success of their fourth album Walking Dark (Edition Records, 2012), the trio have been on a meteoric rise, gaining acclaim from fans over two tours of the USA and Canada and a tour of Australia, whilst also rising to the forefront of the European club and festival scene.
With so much time spent on the road and a reputation for spellbinding roller-coaster live performances, it was only natural for the band to want to record their fifth album in front of a live audience; which they did over three sold-out shows ‘in the round’ at London’s ‘The Cockpit’ as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2013.
In Høiby’s words, “performing live has been the strength of this trio from the start - it sparks an extra focus, excitement and joy. As the album title suggests - it’s where everything comes to life”
“One of the most exciting bands on the planet today” - Jazzwise
‘Big commanding tone and skittering composure’ - New York Times
“Phronesis have a precocious compositional strength, hitching striking themes to engaging grooves; they have improv virtuosity to spare, but never show off, and make light of travelling the most devious rhythmic routes” - The Guardian
“The most electrifying experience to be had in British jazz” - The Telegraph