Human Equivalent

Human Equivalent


Human Equivalent is a Jazz-Fusion experience that opens up the music to any age group, taking influences from Fusion bands of the 70's and mixing it in with contemporary jazz. Raking in top reviews and filling concert seats, this band is all about LIVE and fun, high-octane tunes.


Established in the summer of 2007 by Scottish saxophonist Leah Gough-Cooper, Human Equivalent was formed in a bid to start breaking free from the usual suspects and stereotypes of modern day jazz, and try to forge ahead with a sound that would not only appeal to the avid jazz listener but also introduce the sounds of improvisation and all-instrumental music to a younger audience, by incorporating influences of other music into the mix, from Jaco Pastorius to Return to Forever and the Brecker Brothers, but retaining an honest, individual sound, that many other jazz groups today can only hope to achieve. Having already played at many of the top jazz festivals in Scotland (Islay, Lockerbie, Edinburgh), filling seats of curious listeners and leaving them with a thrilling, memorable experience, plus garnering some top newspaper reviews and radio play, still a young band, Human Equivalent are going from strength to strength.
Members of the band have already had the experience of playing with some of jazz's greatest heroes: Fred Wesley, Oscar Stagnaro, Vijay Iyer, Joe Locke, Tommy Smith, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez and many more.
The amalgamation of all 5 players has resulted in a real team that works in tune and produces a fantastic sound that takes you on a roller-coaster ride, with every passing song.
The majority of the songs composed for the band are by Leah Gough-Cooper herself and some of her non-musical influences include David Lynch, 70's interior design, scenic views, Stephen King and Vincent Price.
This is a fresh, new band you don't want to miss checking out!


Human Equivalent, Psyclone EP

This self-produced album was recorded in the summer of 2007, taking merely a day to record and master with NO overdubs. The artwork on the cover was drawn by Leah herself

Set List

Typical set-list:

Vary from 45 minutes to 2 hour sets of ALL original material. Depending on time limits, this will consist of 1/2 sets.