Get the Blessing (previously known as the Blessing) are a jazz rock quartet based in Bristol, England. The band formed in 2000 when Jim Barr (bass guitar) and Clive Deamer (drums), who had played with Portishead, joined Jake McMurchie (saxophone) and Pete Judge (trumpet) over their appreciation of Ornette Coleman.
Get the Blessing
Get the Blessing, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2011
|Also known as||The Blessing|
|Origin||Bristol, England, United Kingdom|
Get the Blessing combines jazz and rock. Most of their songs are instrumental, although there have been guest singers such as Tammy Payne on "The Unnameable" and "Music Style Product" and Deamer on "Bugs in Amber". For promotional pictures and record covers, they often cover their heads with orange cellophane. The Guardian wrote that the band's music contains "horn laments and full-on free thrashes". The Times described their live performances have been described as "technically audacious, mysterious and droll".
- Pete Judge (trumpet) has composed music for soundtracks and has worked with three cane whale, Alex Vann of Spiro, Paul Bradley of Me band, and Eyebrow with Paul Wigens of Blurt
- Jake McMurchie (saxophone) leads the band Michelson Morley and has played with Portishead and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
- Jim Barr (bass guitar) – Barr is a session musician who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Portishead.
- Clive Deamer (drums, vocals) is a session musician who has played with Radiohead, Portishead, Jeff Beck, Alison Moyet, Siouxsie Sioux, Roni Size, and Reprazent. He has been a member of Hawkwind and Robert Plant's Strange Sensation.
- Nastos, Michael G. "Get the Blessing". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "BBC – Music – Jazz Awards 2008". BBC. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
- Andy Robson (27 March 2008). "The Blessing – All is Yes". Jazzwise. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
- Chris Jones (8 March 2008). "BBC – Music – Review of The Blessing – All is Yes". BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
- David Sinclair (8 February 2008). "The Blessing: Bar Academy". The Times. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
- Fordham, John. "4 star review of GTB at Kings Place, March 2013". The Guardian.
- Official website