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    28
    Apr
    2016

    Ant Law

    Described as “An Innovator" by The Guardian, Guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music. He now lives in London and works extensively with his own quintet, as well as (Grammy-winner and Chick Corea sideman) Tim Garland's “Lighthouse" (along with Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis), and with saxophonist/composer Paul Riley and Trio HLK.

    “An exciting band to hear live."
    John Fordham

    “Scarily proficient. A voice to heed"
    Jazzwise

    “Lean, purposeful… Ambitious, engrossing guitar jazz."
    Guitarist Magazine

    “Bustling power, judiciously harnessed with elegance and poise… Bright, punchy and memorable."
    London Jazz News

    “Terrific and highly accomplished."
    The Jazz Breakfast

    “…guitarist Ant Law, whose fretboard manoeuvres effected an almost uniform raising of audience eyebrows"
    The Herald

    2014 saw Ant's quintet complete a long tour and head straight into the studio, tracking Zero Sum World for Michael Janisch's prestigious Whirlwind Recordings label. ZSW was released on February 16th 2015 to another sold out Pizza Express (this time a 2-night stand) and another tour followed.

    "Law’s compositions strike that hard-to-find balance between tricky and catchy, and the players he has chosen, particularly the rising pianist Ivo Neame, are the sort of musicians who willingly embrace the fuzzy logic of improvisation."
    4 Stars, The Irish Times

    "One of the most original voices of the European Jazz Scene."
    Musik Reviews

    "Along the way we hear post-M-Base-ish metric twists, a funky revamp of a South Indian cyclical rhythmic etude as well as more ambient , jangly folk-rock guitar moments..."
    Jazzwise Magazine

    "It progressively beguiles as greater depth and detail is revealed."
    4 Stars, All About Jazz

    "Law surfaced first in 2013 with Entanglement, an album that certainly made scene-watchers at the time sit up and take note of the hitherto little known guitarist. Zero Sum World is even more accomplished, particularly in the writing department. 2015 augurs well if the imaginative essentially acoustic jazz sounds found here are at all representative of what’s in store."
    4 Stars, Marlbank

    "With "Zero Sum World" Law establishes himself as one of the notable guitarists in the field of contemporary improvisation."
    Medien Info

    "No less than 70 minutes of music with influences from all over the globe... formidable, highly professional musicians... Thumbs up, up, UP!"
    Nachrichten

    "A high level of music that is equipped with resourceful and such properties as wit, skill, flexibility and variety."
    Musik an Sich

    "His unorthodox and unconventional guitar style marks him as a driving force in the new, improvisation-focused music."
    Jazz Zeitung

    " How refreshing is this Englishman who romps in the border areas between the bop and modern jazz guitar of the post Peter Bernstein-generation, it's self-assured and thoroughly convincing."
    Jazz Podium

    "Marking his debut release on the Whirlwind label, guitarist Ant Law’s second album Zero Sum World assembles something of a British contemporary jazz dream team to realise the frequently freewheeling adventure of his own eleven compositions."
    AP Reviews

    "Law's music has heart and warmth as well as brainy origins."
    Herald of Scotland

    "Guitarist Ant Law builds on the approach laid down in his debut album Entanglement, including dipping once again into the complex concepts of physics (which he studied at Edinburgh University) both for his title and some thematic compositional ideas."
    4 Stars, The Scotsman

    "Getting more and more out of this music every time I hear it."
    The Jazz Breakfast