Get the Blessing

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Get the Blessing
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Get the Blessing, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2011
Background information
Also known asThe Blessing
OriginBristol, England
GenresJazz rock
Years active2000–present
Associated actsPortishead
MembersJake McMurchie
Pete Judge
Jim Barr
Clive Deamer

Get the Blessing (previously known as the Blessing) are a jazz rock quartet based in Bristol, England.[1] 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.[1]

Get the Blessing have released six albums; their debut All is Yes won best album at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.[2] Their album Bristopia was released in 2018.


Get the Blessing combines jazz and rock.[1][3][4][5] 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.[5] The Guardian wrote that the band's music contains "horn laments and full-on free thrashes".[6] The Times described their live performances have been described as "technically audacious, mysterious and droll".[5]

Band members[edit]

Jake McMurchie


  • 2008 – All Is Yes (released as The Blessing) (Cake/Candid)
  • 2008 – Bleach Cake/The Unnameable (released as The Blessing) (Cake/Candid)
  • 2009 – Bugs in Amber (Cake/Candid)
  • 2012 – OC DC (Naim Jazz)
  • 2014 – Lope and Antilope (Naim Jazz)
  • 2015 – Astronautilus (Naim Jazz)
  • 2018 – Bristopia


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nastos, Michael G. "Get the Blessing". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ "BBC – Music – Jazz Awards 2008". BBC. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  3. ^ Andy Robson (27 March 2008). "The Blessing – All is Yes". Jazzwise. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  4. ^ Chris Jones (8 March 2008). "BBC – Music – Review of The Blessing – All is Yes". BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  5. ^ a b c David Sinclair (8 February 2008). "The Blessing: Bar Academy". The Times. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  6. ^ Fordham, John. "4 star review of GTB at Kings Place, March 2013". The Guardian.

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