Big Space

https://www.bigspaceband.com/

Big Space is an instrumental jazz-rock trio from Newfoundland & Labrador. The band consists of Grant King (Guitar), Ian Murphy (Bass) and Ashley Chalmers (Drums).

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On their 2021 sophomore album In Relation To, Big Space takes a jazz approach to nine original compositions ranging from contemporary jazz fusion to instrumental rock and atmospheric soundscapes, with plenty of improvisation. The results are a mix of guitar-driven jazz blended with other genres like progressive rock, math rock, and post-rock.  Big Space’s sound is all about taking chances and catching moments of inspiration. In Relation To was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, capturing a high level of interplay between the three musicians and combining the dynamic feel of a live show with studio-quality sound. Produced by Big Space, the album was mastered by the jazz multi-instrumentalist Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering. 

“an immensely enjoyable and well-balanced set of instrumental pieces” – The East

“…you constantly feel how the musicians devote themselves to every millisecond of their music. Math, jazz, prog, post, funk – everything is cleverly and technically mixed for endless surprises.” – Grotesqualizer Blog

In Relation To…seduces our ears thanks to the band’s ability to express the whole through the details” – BestofJazz.org

BIG SPACE

Big Space is an instrumental jazz-rock trio from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Featuring guitarist Grant King, bassist Ian Murphy, and drummer Ashley Chalmers, the band takes a jazz approach to original compositions that touch on genres like post-rock, math rock, and progressive rock. 

Free improvisation is a key part of their sound, and the trio is all about taking chances and catching moments of inspiration. Their self-released 2016 debut, Live at The Levee, documented the energy of their live performances.

For their 2021 follow-up record, In Relation To, the band chose to record live in the studio with no overdubs. The high level of interplay between the three musicians can be heard throughout the album, which combines the dynamic feel of a live show with studio-quality sound.

Recorded between lockdowns during 2020 and 2021, In Relation To marks the latest progression in the band’s sound, which they have continuously evolved since forming in 2013.

Ranging from heavy, riff-driven instrumental rock to contemporary jazz fusion and atmospheric soundscapes, the album has something for anyone who appreciates adventurous cross-genre music.

In Relation To is available everywhere now.

Discography

In Relation To

https://bigspace.bandcamp.com/album/in-relation-to

1.Almost Everything 06:29
2.Triptrap 05:43
3.See Through 06:19
4.After Words 03:16
5.I Was Looking For You There 06:52
6.Monochromatic 03:52
7.Relevator 05:53
8.Ships 04:57
9.Coupla Nights 05:12
about
“an immensely enjoyable and well-balanced set of instrumental pieces” – The East

“you constantly feel how the musicians devote themselves to every millisecond of their music. Math, jazz, prog, post, funk – everything is mixed for endless surprises” – Grotesqualizer

“seduces our ears thanks to the band’s ability to express the whole through the details” – Best of Jazz

Big Space takes a jazz approach to original instrumental compositions that touch on genres like post-rock, math rock, and progressive rock.

Free improvisation is a key part of the band’s sound, and they are all about taking chances and catching moments of inspiration.

In Relation To was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, and a high level of interplay between the three musicians can be heard throughout the album, which combines the dynamic feel of a live show with studio-quality sound.

Recorded between lockdowns during 2020 and 2021, In Relation To documents the latest progression of the band’s adventurous music, from riff-driven instrumental rock to contemporary jazz fusion and atmospheric soundscapes.
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released October 22, 2021

Composed and arranged by Big Space

Ian Murphy – Bass
Ashley Chalmers – Drums
Grant King – Guitar

Produced by Big Space

Recorded live in studio by Grant King
Mixed by Justin Merdsoy
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering

Cover photo by Ritche Perez
Layout by Jud Haynes

Live at The Levee

https://bigspace.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-levee

1.ELydian 08:00 video
2.1 in 7 06:38 video
3.Ba Ba Ba 11:30
4.Triptrap 08:24 video
5.Rocker 07:21 video
6.Crazy One 07:13 video
7.Free 07:52 video
8.Little Tune 05:10 video
about
A live audio & video album featuring highlights of a 2-night stay at The Levee in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, July 2015

Audio & Video Engineered and Mixed by Georgie Newman at GNAudio


“It could be messy, or it could be magical” – Grant King chats about the album on CBC Radio’s “First Listen”:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/first-listen-big-space-live-at-the-levee-1.3652733

credits
released January 11, 2016

Guitar – Grant King
Drums – Ashley Chalmers
Bass – Ian Murphy

Reviews

MUSIC

BIG SPACE MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION WITH ‘IN RELATION TO’

CAMILO VILLAMIZAR

In Relation To is the latest work by St. John’s progressive jazz trio Big Space. This live-tracked record is an immensely enjoyable and well-balanced set of instrumental pieces. A minimalist approach to production helps root the sound and infuses the three voices with legitimacy and purpose.

Silence is a big space to fill, and the band’s sound is well-suited for the task. If that’s a coincidence, it’s a good one. The main strengths are in the arrangements and the performer’s choices. Each musician stays comfortably in their lane, exploring their instrument’s possibilities but ultimately serving the song. Big Space’s music is rich in harmony and rhythm, with sprinkled use of complex voicings, unusual time signatures, and groove shifts. Their style lives in the sweet spot for Music Festivals, combining intricate musicianship and uplifting moods.

There is a really good mix here. Plenty of jazzy rock jams, like the outstanding “Triptrap”, are to be expected. These feature memorable riffs and extended improvisation sections with conversational interplay. But there’s more to In Relation To. The first shift happens with the trip jam “After Words”, a rather sensible short piece, but the number that follows was the real surprise for me.



“I Was Looking For You There” is my favourite track from the record. A melody-driven soul ballad that immediately elevates the character of the album, showing a different side of the band and making it into a more complete work. The fact that it’s just a really well-written, near-seven-minute salute the Stevie Wonder school of “what if pop but awesome” just makes it all the better.

Grant King’s guitar work is impressive, combining skill and a deep knowledge of the fretboard. His soloing is rich and has a distinct voice, and his use of effects is sparse, yet original and tasteful. The guitar has a prominent role, but Ashley Chalmers on drums and Ian Murphy on bass stand on their very own. Providing a rock-solid foundation and incorporating their own voices. Chalmers plays an sweet drum break/solo on the opening number, “Almost Everything”, heavy on groove and light on flash. And Murphy does a great job providing much of the harmony in “See Through, leaving the guitar free to provide ambiance. This is clearly the work of dedicated players, and overall the band just clicks.

The production sound simply serves to capture the band’s character. In Relation To was recorded live, and has very little in the way of post-production. The mix establishes the band as part of an ideal space (heh), and that’s about it. All parts are clear and well separated, with good use of the stereo field.

This is clearly a record produced to be performed live in front of an audience. I will probably be part of that audience. And if you are into contemporary fusion I hope to see you there. In the meantime, In Relation To is available now.

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Big Space - In Relation To

2021-10-22

Big Space – In Relation To

In Relation To is Big Space’s sophomore album, following their self-released 2016 debut, Live at The Levee. The album In Relation To was recorded live in studio – with no overdubs – between lockdowns during 2020 and 2021 and was released on October 22.Big Space
In Relation To
(Self-Release)

It’s interesting how just a switch of viewpoints can affect our perception. If you look at the album’s art cover on its initial orientation, you see an asphalt road through a puddle. But reverse the picture, let your senses be charmed, and you see a lovely, snowy day or even an improbable glimpse of the beautiful Milky Way in daylight.

The music is just as good as the art cover at attuning us to the band’s uncommon and fantastic point of view. A studio album becomes a live recording, a prepared session becomes an improvisation, rock becomes progressive, math, or even post-rock, jazz becomes the perfect vector to paint delightful atmospheric soundscapes.

Big Space

Ian Murphy (b), Ashley Chalmers (d), and Grant King (g), a trio from St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, are certainly not the kind to see a glass half empty, nor to judge an island as a limiting space. Big Space they are and big spaces they create.

In Relation To, from the blue star-filled half-cloudy sky of St John’s, delicately seduces our ears thanks to the band’s ability to express the whole through the details, while not losing themselves into those same details. And that’s how they focus on taking us further than we ever expected when we first pushed play.

In Relation To

Tracklisting
1. Almost Everything (6:29); 2. Triptrap (5:45); 3. See Through (6:20); 4. After Words (3:16); 5. I Was Looking For You There (6:52); 6. Monochromatic (3:52); 7. Relevator (5:54); 8. Ships (4:58); 9. Coupla Nights (5:13)

Line Up
Ian Murphy: bass; Ashley Chalmers: drums; Grant King: guitar

Big Space

In Relation To was released on October 22, 2021 // Self-release // Digital and CD

Font: https://bestofjazz.org/big-space-in-relation

Brilliant Canadian instrumental trio, using multifaceted textures of jazz fusion, post, experimental, improvisation, soul, funk, groove, melancholic, mixing progressive and math rock in an atmospheric soundscapes background.

His latest album “In Relation To” brings us nine immersive, reflective, well-structured and refined melodies, with a smooth and perfect cadence, with precise and exquisite arrangements full of sensitivity in each chord uttered, with creative, precise riffs and amazing fingerings, a striking refined and salient bass and an imperious percussion in both times, in the best style of jazz fusion.

Creative, complex, improvised melodies with exquisite refinement that demonstrate a vast knowledge in different styles and genres, performed with a supreme mastery in performance and creation, perfect and harmonious recording, and impeccable and impressive tuning, a masterpiece.

His first album “Live at The Levee” with eight conceptual, immersive melodies, marked by vigor, creativity and improvisation, with dazzling solos that erupt in technique and a perfect tune, that slide and enchant by their smoothness and intensity, really proving that who knows does it live.

A band of extreme potential, I recommend, thank you Ian for the privilege of enjoying your work, success and creativity always.

Aryon Maiden.

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