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Lost in Music: Too Many Zooz at Ronnie Scott’s

SEEN had been keenly anticipating last night’s gig at Ronnie Scott’s by ‘brass house’ viral sensation Too Many Zooz. Having got themselves a name by playing their frenetic syncopations on the New York Underground, they have gone on to collaborate with Google and Beyoncé, signed with Ministry of Sound and have released the remixed ‘Warriors’.

Ronnie Scott’s was packed to the gills and is a fantastically atmospheric place if you haven’t visited – a real slice of old Soho. Too Many Zooz took the stage and proved (as if they needed to) that they are more than a viral novelty. In fact, I’d go as far to say that a jazz club is very much their natural home. This is due to their distinct personas. Leo P on two fabulous saxophones, one of which appeared to be encrusted with Swarovski crystals, moved, snarled, played and squealed as a man possessed, showing off the steps that so contributed to the viral videos. Matt Doe on trumpet was still and minimal almost, evoking for this reviewer the magisterial cool and versatility of Miles Davis, while his majesty ‘The King of Sludge’ at the back seemed to have physically grown into his amazing percussion ensemble and midi kit – the band’s heartbeat. It goes without saying that they are they are all consummate musicians. They played (I think) for about an hour and a half but it didn’t seem like that. The last time SEEN felt so lost in a performance was during a rendition of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’.

The adoring audience danced along to the famous numbers and swayed to the slower piano-based music in the middle of the set, but the faster it got, the more we loved it. We might only be in May, but SEEN rates it as gig of the year.

10 May Marble Factory – Bristol (UK)
11 May The Watering Hole – Perranporth (UK)
12 May Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
13 May Rescue Rooms – Nottingham (UK)
14 May Preston Live – Preston (UK)
15 May St Luke’s – Glasgow (UK)
16 May Gorilla – Manchester (UK)
17 May Cyprus Avenue – Cork (IRE)
18 May Sugar Club – Dublin (IRE)
19 May Sugar Club – Dublin (IRE)

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