After nearly two years of playing mainly small gigs and busking regularly outside the National Theatre in London, they signed to Babel Label in 2007. Their first album, Knee-deep in the North Sea was released on 5th November 2007, coupled with performances at the London Jazz Festival at Purcell Room together with pianist Michiel Borstlap and drummer Bill Bruford.
The band's debut album 'Knee-deep in the North Sea' was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. The week after the awards show it debuted on the UK Top 200 Albums Chart at #186. It was Time Out's best jazz album of 2007.
Recorded and Mixed at Livngston Studios, London on 7th, 8th, 9th February and 6th, 7th, 8th August 2007
Produced by Portico Quartet
Co-Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Sonny.
Assisted by Kevin James Feazey and Simone Filiali
Mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio, London
Executve Producers Oliver Weindling and Will Gresford
Design, Artwork and collages by Duncan Bellamy
Photograph by Matt Crossick
All tracks composed, arranged and performed by Portico Quartet.
(Hidden Track: "Prickly Pear" - 5:47)
HATS OFF TO THE BUSKERS A MERCURY PRIZE NOMINATION HAS LIFTED INDIE POST-JAZZ GROUP PORTICO QUARTET FROM STREET PERFORMANCES TO TOURING THE COUNTRY
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