Uncut (magazine) - p.974 stars out of 5
-- "Leckie's soundboard skills move Portico's inventive jazz/classical noodlings even closer to Radiohead..."
Personnel: Jack Wyllie (saxophone); Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass); Duncan Bellamy (drums).
Audio Mixer: John Leckie.
Recording information: Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Denmark (02/07/2007-08/08/2007); Livingston Studios, London (02/07/2007-08/08/2007); Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Denmark (07/02/2010); Livingston Studios, London (07/02/2010).
Arranger: Portico Quartet.
On its debut CD, KNEE DEEP IN THE NORTH SEA, Mercury Prize-nominated combo the Portico Quartet delivers an unusually meditative brand of world music-influenced jazz that matches a minimalist classical music vibe with a pop/jam band-informed compositional sense. Centered on repeated figures played on the hang (a type of steel drum) and soprano saxophonist Jack Wylie's Wayne Shorter-esque improvisational explorations, Portico Quartet's music should appeal to fans of Weather Report and the Dave Matthews Band alike.