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19/04/2010 UK press

The range of influences detectable in the performance reveals a dedication to the past but also a hunger to expand boundaries and experiment.” BBC Warwickshire

“The performance by the Jonathan Bratoëff Quintet showed that modern musicians are still developing contemporary jazz.” BBC Warwickshire

"Acclaimed French guitarist performs his highly distinctive, at times edgy jazz that can swerve between painterly introspection and explosive rock solos." Time Out

“F-ire Collective guitarist Jonathan Bratoëff is a thoughtful, delicate, yet powerful soloist, more interested in exploring his tunes’ possibilities than in the showy effects characterising some guitarists’ playing.” Chris Parker Vortex review

“This compelling recording focused on extended real-time soloing and group interplay.” Chris May on JBQ

“Most creative artists, however, have an aversion to standing still, and Bratoëff is as restless as they come.” Chris May All about jazz

“Jonathan Bratoëff is a serious talent, and his desire to push boundaries is to be applauded.” Chris May All about jazz

“Jonathan Bratoëff is however not a musician to ignore tradition but he brings to it multiple references from outside of the genre. His compositions demonstrate great musical variety and adaptability but there seem to be some key ingredients consistent to all. The melodies he writes are powerful but not unnecessary complicated.” Joseph Kassman-Tod Jazzwise

“Bratoëff has constructed urbane and enigmatic material that swings and grooves under the acoustic skin of a body electric. With a line-up of enviable calibre and a songbook of original material that embraces than steers clear of risk, points of perception is everything that a progressive jazz record should be.” Kevin LeGendre

“Bratoëff is an evolutionist, with one foot in the future and the other in the tradition. His clean-picked, mostly FX-free, rapid-fire runs carry echoes of Johnny Smith and Jimmy Raney, while his taste for abstraction and astringency is reminiscent of Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano.” Chris May All about jazz

“The tunes crackle with invention.” J Fordham The Guardian

“Meandering moods from guitarist Jonathan Bratoëff’s traditionally timbred jazz quartet, with lot’s of shifting structures and great musicianship on display.” Straight no Chaser

“As a player Bratoëff can tick off all the modern attribute, a thorough knowledge of fusion sounds and styles as well as the old jazz hard bop- while as a composer he leans towards the complex, fresh and unusual harmonic logic of writers like US saxophonist Steve Coleman.” Birmingham post

“The music is thorougly contemporary.” John Forham Jazz UK

“Bratoëff's brittle phrasing and rhythmic energy put him up there with leading UK guitarists.” John Forham The Guardian

“Subtle, spontaneous, informed contemporary jazz.” John Fordham The Guardian

"Bratoëff's voice is touched by an enigmatic, introspective quality and stands out on a set of sombre, serpentine elegance." Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

“An auspicious showing from a composer who can more than hold his own as a player and composer." Kevin Le Gendre

“Bratoëff has constructed urbane and enigmatic material that swings and grooves under the acoustic skin of a body electric. Zawinul and Shorter might sing along in a millennial Weather Report.” Kevin Le Gendre

"Bratoëff's compositions looks to hard bop and M-base for inspiration, but are utterly unique." Tom Barlow Jazzwise

“Great versatility while holding a strong personal identity, isn’t that what modern jazz is all about?” Birmingham Post

“The skill of the writing and arrangements becomes more apparent with each listening and seeing this music performed live only serves to heighten one's appreciation.” Ian Mann 24dash.com

“Points of perception is another intriguing album from the Collective, one that touches many bases to great effect.” Vortex review

“Immeasuraly more enlivening than the great weight of major label jazz releases, F-IRE maintains its status as a label to watch and Bratoëff take place at the table.” Straight no Chaser

“Bratoëff is a real creator who has set himself a tough journey”. John Fordham The Guardian


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