Kick Horns are looking forward to three nights at Ronnie Scott’s, London, with Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys on Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December. Maxi is taking time out from Faithless to promote his current solo album Simple.. Not Easy and we are delighted to have the chance to play our arrangements live with the full line-up: Ryan Quigley, trumpet, David Liddell, trombone, Simon Clarke & Tim Sanders, saxes and flute.
Oumou Sangare’s easy fusion with the Kick Horns, who add firepower without treading on anyone’s toes, suggests subtlety can occasionally trump the search for explosive connections… The Parisian audience? They’re dancing.
I hadn’t worked with ‘professional’ musicians until we recorded Popscene, and at that time I wasn’t sure how we’d measure up. The brass section had given the impression of a gang of painters and decorators as they unpacked their equipment. It was as if they were unfolding stepladders and unloading brushes. They splashed their bright paint all over the song.
bit of a blur
Those Kick Horns guys are really on top of my thing.
In all of my years recording, I’ve only ever been rendered completely speechless by what has come back out of the speakers twice: the first time was in the Nineties, when my former band Pele recorded our first single ‘Raid The Palace’ and the Kick Horns brass section turned up in Metropolis Studios, West London, and tore the song apart, plastering us all to the back wall of the studio…
…tightest, hard-hitting, yet sweet…
There were times during this show when Baaba Maal and his band made music that was as beautiful, as glorious and as joyous as any that I have ever heard. Yes: it was that good – percussion, guitars, keyboards, voices, and, crucially, a tight-knit four-piece brass section were locked into a pulsating, hypnotic groove. For a moment, as his band – a mixture of African and Western musicians – created this rapturous noise, Baaba Maal, in his shiny gold suit, stood with his arms outstretched and grinned, as if to say: “Look! Behold my creation.” It was sensational.
I have a particular fondness for horns in popular music, which I can trace back to the protracted Britpop period… Whenever I bought a new CD, I’d scan the liner notes for evidence of the Kick Horns’ presence. You could claim to be “Britpop” without them, but it all rang a bit hollow.
Celebrity Mastermind. John Humphrys quizzes Josh Widdicombe on specialist subject Blur.
JH: The albums Parklife and The Great Escape featured accompaniment from the Duke Strings and which group of brass musicians?
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JH: You had one pass. The group of brass musicians was Kick Horns.
JW: No idea…
JH: No. Nor me. There we are.