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‘Trumpeter Rory Simmons’ Monocled Man... this burgeoning trio also features adventurous Troyka guitarist Chris Montague and exciting Kairos 4tet drummer Jon Scott all tearing it up on free flowing mix of jazz-rock-into-electronica sounds.’

Jazzwise Magazine (live preview)


‘An album that is a serious listen, further evidence that Simmons can be counted as one of the most creative trumpeters on the UK jazz scene at the moment with ideas to burn firing us all up.’

★★★★ Marlbank

‘ Monocled Man are another fierce contender on the UK's triving alt, electric jazz scene.’

★★★★ Jazzwise Magazine


‘Where rock and space travel collide.  Simmons is a long-lined improviser with a big vocabulary, It's very accomplished and exciting’.



‘Whether Rory Simmons’s trumpet is in spearing, skittering or jazzily chattering mode, it’s always arresting. Eyes of a Blue Dog might credibly produce music of an alien bar band in a cinematic space opera.’

London Jazz


‘Merging ambient electronic soundscapes with dark, beats-driven song; mid 90s electronica according to the current sensibilities of experimental and improvisational jazz’.

Dalston Sound


‘A miasma of fractured electronics and menacing beats, an atmospheric set of different moods and textures’.

Financial Times




‘trumpeter Simmons' leads his stunning Fringe Magnetic project with an extended string and woodwind section. The nine-piece create multi-layered orchestral sounds laced with flitting folk reels, modern harmony and topped with cutting-edge improv ‘

Time Out


‘Blends Nordic darkness and English whimsy to beguiling effect.’



‘Flexible trumpet playing and angular interlocking melodies, an ambitious genre-bending enterprise’.



‘By turn lyrical and dissonant, serene and jagged- the grip of this oddly compelling music doens’t loosen for a moment.’



‘Fringe Magnetic make merry in the spaces between jazz and contemporary classical while the Norwegian vocalist Elisabeth Nygaard

adds a cool sheen’.

The Times

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