Three Weeks Website- 4 stars
"Exploring the concept of ‘Home’ through jazz is a formidable task; and concepts such as ‘earth’ and ‘nationalism’ can also be difficult to convey through the medium of improvised music. But a bit of multimedia enabled this band to communicate such specific ideas successfully. The ensemble performed with zeal and displayed a spectacle of extended techniques and extempore virtuosity, as each shone individually. The effect as a whole, however, was where the focus remained; the world of kaleidoscopic, liquid beauty in which the audience found themselves immersed was tremendously stimulating. "
The Scotsman- 4 stars
"Saxophonist Phil Bancroft launched an ambitious two-year project with this performance, ...... an adventurous and imaginative success. A sofa and two armchairs adorned the front of the stage, and the players performed the first half clad in that most redolent of "home" garments, pyjamas. Bancroft opened with a hilarious home video, then launched into a new tune inspired by swimming with his dog.
From there, the evening developed in typically unpredictable fashion, with projected images and video complementing the musical action, with a young volunteer from the audience joining in at one stage.. The compositions focused on both the excellent ensemble playing and soloing. Graeme Stephen negotiated the lengthy Journey in inventive fashion, O'Rourke and Caribe conjured an evocative mix of Scottish and Arabic scales leading into powerful sections – Nationalism and War – and Gaia reflected on the current woes of our planetary rather than personal home.
They closed with a hilarious glimpse into the future as the band nipped off to return dressed in space suits. They launched into a furiously funky dance tune set against a video of the saxophonist and his very patient wife preparing to head for the stars in a second-hand spaceship."
The Herald - 4 stars
"In possibly a first for a jazz festival- although one can never be too sure about such matters- a three-piece suite and a band in pyjamas and dressing gowns graced the stage as saxophonist Phil Bancroft presented his multi-media enquiry into home and what it means to us.
Bancroft has approached his "Home, Small As The World" project with deep thought. From easy-loping, conventional quartet depiction of the daily swim with the dog and a graceful round adding fiddle, trumpet and guitar to denote home comforts, the music moved into less calm waters as Bancroft expanded his thesis into disturbed upbringings, the tyranny of domestic technology, politics and war.
As a musical work, there were oodles of strong themes and a variety of settings, from jazz-rock to free improvisation, designed to challenge and get the best from his musicians, who responded with a sense of involvement that belied the fact that they were separated from the audience by a couch."
John Fordham The Guardian
"Powerful Scottish creator Bancroft explores the meanings of ‘home’ through compositions and improv, movies, an interactive website, audience participation and more....."
From jazzontour's posterous blog see full review here.
"Much earlier in the evening in the 'Front Room' Phil Bancroft was playing his 'Small as the World' project - a mix of music and images and spacesuits - A wonderfully quirky project that explores the concept of 'home', his home, the band members home, home for people around the globe - including those that don't have a place to call 'home' - Phil has put a huge amount into this and it was great to see a large crowd of young and old alike, really enjoying and thinking about what was being presented before them. I'm only sorry that the pictures don't do it justice ! Sorry Phil, it was a great show!"
from Rory duffy's blog, see full review here.
""An insightful and stimulating performance - utterly bonkers but brilliant."
"“I don't normally like multi-media, but I really loved @smallastheworld- it had a great feel to it.”
“You are a SURREAL band! Every bit of that performance yesterday was stunning!”