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We Are Leif

 

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We Are Leif

 

 

Vocals / Louise Victoria
Piano & Keyboards / Dale Hambridge
Bass / Chris Jones
Drums / Mark Whitlam

 

 

Comprised of four established improvising musicians, Leif deftly spans the balance of jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo-Soul, R'n'B and Down Tempo genres.  Louise's voice sits comfortably alongside the company of Gretchen Parlato, Jill Scott and Becca Stevens with main writing credits shared between herself and drummer Mark Whitlam.

 

 

"...clear musical ideas used as the basis for fresh interpretation within their chosen form, and thanks to the singer’s confidence and clarity the results have an integration that belies the comparative newness of their project."  

- Tony Benjamin, bristol247.com

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EP Preview

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Download our EP here!

Our new three-track EP is now available for digital download at CD Baby!   Please click on the link here:

Take a look at this video shoot our friend Matt Buckner from Film Hive recorded, featuring snippets of the EP tracks and some ramblings from Lu and Mark on the background of the band.

 

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LATEST NEWS - CROWDFUNDER now LAUnched for debut album recording ... please help support us in this!

MAY 2017 - CHELTENHAM jazz festival

Here's a lovely photo of us in flight at Cheltenham - it was great fun to play to a packed crowd on a beautiful day!  Next chance to see us is at our EP launch gig on Friday 26th May at The Forge, Bristol.  Hope to see some of you there.  Photo: Alan G Law

Photo: Alan G Law

Photo: Alan G Law

 

Latest NEWS - Dec 2016

LATEST:   Having tracked the rhythm section at Bristol's historic Invada Studios, Louise has been busy laying down vocals at J&J studios with engineer/producer TJ Allen (Bat For Lashes, Roxy Music, Adrian Utley, etc).  Leif's debut EP will be available for download early 2017 - more details nearer the time.


Nov 2016 - Makeup, coiffeur and flask of tea, please...

We were out with our thermal underwear on around Blagdon Lake and Bristol back streets with the wonderful photographer and musician Jamie Ryder capturing some great images.  A much warmer second photoshoot was immediately planned to follow in the rehearsal studios (and a pub).  Here are some examples of what we were up to:

Louise Victoria recently moved to Bristol from London and has established herself as one of the most original and contemporary voices on the scene.  Her innate understanding of vocal harmony brings rich textures to the writing process

Louise Victoria recently moved to Bristol from London and has established herself as one of the most original and contemporary voices on the scene.  Her innate understanding of vocal harmony brings rich textures to the writing process

Mark has been one of the go-to improvising drummers in the Southwest for the past decade. He works with ECM artists Andy Sheppard, Iain Ballamy other UK jazz luminaries such as Jason Rebello and Clare Teal. 

Mark has been one of the go-to improvising drummers in the Southwest for the past decade. He works with ECM artists Andy Sheppard, Iain Ballamy other UK jazz luminaries such as Jason Rebello and Clare Teal. 

With live and recording credits including Joss Stone, Beverley Knight and The Colman Brothers, Dale's knowledge of jazz and R'n'B language serves the music of Leif perfectly.  

With live and recording credits including Joss Stone, Beverley Knight and The Colman Brothers, Dale's knowledge of jazz and R'n'B language serves the music of Leif perfectly.  

Chris' background on upright bass in jazz settings and his session work with the likes of Ruarri Joseph and The People's String Foundation on electric bass makes him a highly versatile player.

Chris' background on upright bass in jazz settings and his session work with the likes of Ruarri Joseph and The People's String Foundation on electric bass makes him a highly versatile player.

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