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Since its formation in 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences with its ferociously energetic performances of tightly knit themes and the great freedom coming from their years of playing together. Partisans are real band, where the combination of each member's influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy. Co-led by Phil Robson (guitar – best musician 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards) and Julian Siegel (reeds - best instrumentalist BBC Jazz Awards 2007) the quartet line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).

'BY PROXY' is Partisans’ 4th album and packs a punch. A great set of original tunes is caught live and at full throttle in the studio, beautifully engineered by Philip Bagenal at London's Eastcote Studios. Partisans cook up a trademark shot of gritty be-bop and hard bop, early electric Miles, ballads with sustained delicacy, rock riffs mixed with P-Funk grooves and with fresh departures into electronica notably on Thad Kelly's distinctive remix of Duke Ellington's 'Prelude to a Kiss'. The richly lyrical and strongly melodic compositions written by Robson and Siegel provide the framework and starting point, underpinned by the rock solid, freewheeling and supercharged rhythm section of Kelly and Calderazzo.

"Terrific, Invigorating Music" Chris May allaboutjazz May 2005

"Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare" John Fordham, The Guardian, Cheltenham Jazz festival, May 2003

"Partisans held a packed audience spellbound for two hours and had them begging for more" Oxford Times

"Music with great spirit, prowess and musicality" Q Magazine

"It's bad, man" Delfeayo Marsalis

"Partisans with Wayne Krantz played one of the most blisteringly powerful, rollingly intense sets that I've ever heard anywhere".. Chris Parker, Jazz review.

"Music with great spirit, prowess and musicality" Q Magazine

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