Working Week are reunited. Guitarist Simon Booth, Saxophonist Larry Stabbins and vocalist Juliet Roberts recently played a blinding gig to a rammed out club stage at the Barbican in London followed by an equally wild set from DJ Gilles Peterson. The occasion was the Jazz Britannia weekend organised to coincide with the BBC series of the same name made by director Mike Connolly. Larry and Simon are extensively interviewed in episode three, first shown the night before the gig and, after being interviewed, they went to the pub. Larry then contacted Juliet and she agreed to make another Working Week album and to play live.
The latest incarnation of Working Week has a completely new young band of rising stars on the London scene. Gone is the Latin percussion but the horn section is back. Tom Rees-Roberts, Trumpet, Nichol Thomson, Trombone, and Andy Ross, Baritone Sax doubling some wicked flute playing (the last two borrowed from Bluey's `Incognito`) have been added to Larry's Tenor, Soprano and Flute. Ski Oakenfull on keyboards, a long-term ally of Rob Galliano, has been recruited from the Acid Jazz scene while Bass Player Francis Hylton and Drummer Ian Markin have come from the Afro-Celt Sound System. With Simon at the helm this rhythm section is seriously funky, while Larry's horn section recapture the soul-jazz vibe that was such an integral part of earlier line-ups. Juliet's voice is as warm and soul drenched as ever. There was a small setback following an auto accident issue, but nevertheless, the set at the Barbican included Working Week classics such as Inner City Blues, Sweet Nothing, Thought I'd Never See You Again and Venceremos (complete with an unscripted stage invasion of Jazz Dancers) together with four newly written pieces. There will be more gigs so watch this site for details.
With a huge volume of material already written, there will also be another album, which the band intends to start recording soon. Again watch this space.