The Birth of a Manchester NuJazz Label is a Revelation

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Revelation Kollektiv Records heralds its arrival onto the NuJazz scene with its debut record release, Dr O’s Little Songbook. Revelation Kollektiv Records features the eponymous NuJazz trio, Revelation Kollektiv, one of the most accomplished new bands circulating around the city. They take their reference points from Quantic Soul Orchestra, Jamie Lidell, St Germain and Koop and are here to show that there now is a more diverse sound coming out of Manchester following the successes of guitar bands such as Doves and Elbow.

...the perfect antidote to a Sunday morning hangover.

The founder members of Revelation Kollektiv, who hail from London and Aberdeen, met in Manchester in the winter of 2005. The present lineup was completed in 2010 with the addition of an exceptional drummer from Cornwall. With the trio's combined efforts, Revelation Kollektiv aims to continue to create tunes that are, according to, "the perfect antidote to a Sunday morning hangover".

Revelation Kollektiv is fronted by Ornette Clennon (b. London), a man whose voice oscillates between the smoothest jazz whisper to a beautiful yet almost operatically powerful soul vocals that pull you in like a magnet. “This guy’s voice is so powerful it blew the desk inputs when I first recorded him,” states David Ord, the man at the consortium's controls. This laptop-toting Aberdonian has a fondness for retro, Northern Soul sounds - which, combined with his jazz/funk bass lines, add bite to Cornish drummer Che Beresford’s infectious and joyous grooves.

With its varied lineup of classical, electronica and world music settings, Revelation Kollektiv has over the past 10 years fine-tuned its eclectic sound through working with big hitters across all musical genres. Soul II Soul, Keir Stewart (Durutti Column), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Pete Lockett, Moolah Rouge and the Smith Quartet are just some amongst the many artists who have inspired Revelation Kollektiv, culminating in showcase gigs up and down the country including the Big Note in London and the HMV Showcases in Manchester.

Although mainly inspired by jazz and soul music, Revelation Kollektiv Records cannot and does not want to be categorised into just one set genre. The eclectic mix of tracks on their debut record release has real cross-genre appeal - which they intend to enhance and continue with their future releases and artists.


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