"European jazz need have no fear for the future...WorldService Project is rocking and typically British, a la 2012" Jan Granlie, Jazznytt
"...tight, deftly structured and grittily grooving music..." (November 2011) John Fordham, The Guardian
"This is big, swaggery jazz played with passion, aggression, and no little humour...but the music is honed and crafted to a fine degree" Laurence Mackin, The Irish Times
"Avant-funk, new-funk, prog-jazz, serious skronk-jazz – this quintet...attracts trendy monikers the way a pullover attracts burs. But don't be put off – they're really very good." Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph
"Young Turks WorldService Project woke up sleepy Brecon with their unabashed but often brilliant post-prog funk." (August 2011) Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Award winning* punk-jazz-funk specialists WorldService Project (WSP) have erupted across the UK and Europe through 2011/12. Alongside their innovative Match&Fuse programme they were chosen for the 12 Points+ European touring scheme, have featured on national radio stations in the UK, Portugal, Germany, Denmark and Sweden and their intense live sound has taken numerous European cities and festivals by storm including the London Jazz Festival, Tampere Jazz Happening (Finland), Umea Jazz Festival (Sweden), Ljubljana Jazz Festival, 12 Points Festival (Porto), Brecon, Marsden and Swanage Jazz Festivals, Europe Day (Dublin), WDR Funkhaus (Cologne), and Match&Fuse double-headers taking in Italy, Norway, Germany, France and Ireland.
The London based unit are described by Time Out London as "...dazzling...big things lie ahead for them" and were also dubbed as "brilliant post-prog funk" (Jazzwise) a "tight, deftly structured and grittily grooving music..." (The Guardian) and "serious skronk-jazz" (The Telegraph).
Led by pianist/composer Dave Morecroft, WSP's music speaks through dark, playful building passages, winding through dissonance, complex rhythmic manipulation and downright silliness. Other times it draws on the language of 20th Century Classical composers layered over boisterous grooves more commonly found in albums by heavy rock artists.
In essence, imagine a (loud!) four-way cage match between Frank Zappa, Loose Tubes, Stravinsky and Meshuggah. The result is high-octane experimental but accessible music with a smile on its face.
*Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2010