"As an evocation of the musical climate that grew up around the Soho club, it would be hard to better this set" (Dave Gelly - Observer). "Crumly....puts down a masterly reading of 'Weaver of Dreams', a Ronnie favourite apparently, with Critch and Drew impeccable in support. Valuable music" (Peter Vacher - Jazzwise) "It is fitting that he should be remembered with an outstanding album such as this. There is nothing that can be faulted" (Harvey Bard - Crescendo)
The latest CD from award-winning Sax Appeal, celebrating 25 years at the forefront of UK jazz. Featuring a brand new suite of music composed by Derek Nash inspired by the Flatiron Mountains of Colorado.
Something of a miniature epiphany this. A vocal album sufficiently musicianly, substantial and in the instrumental tradition that it could equally well be filed under mainstream. Think vocal jazz automatically equals jazz-lite? Think again. Cloudburst is London-based Australian Kerr's fifth album and follows her fine '02 homage to Chet Baker, My Old Flame. This time she puts the Great American Songbook aside and offers fourteen hardcore jazz instrumentals, to which lyrics and/or vocalese have later been added, either by her or by earlier writers. The original composers are Coltrane, Mingus, Monk, Clifford Brown, Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver, Mal Waldron, Tadd Dameron, Bill Evans, Lerov Kirkland & Jimmy Harris, Duke Pearson, Antonio Jobim, Ennio Morricone, and Freddie Hubbard. To say Kerr does justice to these guys—which she does—is really to say something. The arrangements are unfussy, and wholly unsweetened, and Kerr's warm and sensuous voice, particularly effective in the midrange, delivers straightforward and engaging readings. Key to the album's success is Kerr's band, a half dozen of London's finest, who're given plenty of space in which to stretch out and improvise. So, a vocal album for people who don't usually like vocal albums. Kerr is 100% real jazz musician, and Cloudburst is 100% real jazz. Things are looking up. "The inspiration for this album came after I heard John Coltrane’s ‘Moments Notice’. I thought it would be great to sing, so I wrote a lyric. I decided an entire Cd of material from the instrumental jazz repertoire would be an interesting and challenging concept for me. To pay tribute to the great solos played I added some vocalese lyrics either penned by myself or the master Jon Hendricks."
Album titles can be random,m ystifying or downright dishonest, but the title of this one is nothing less than the whole truth. FUN is a scrupulous description of a prevailing mood and a unique musician's raison d'etre. The Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellin at 67 sounds about as quirkily lively as ever. Bobby Wellins - tenor sax, Mark Edwards - piano, Andy Cleyndert - bass, Spike Wells - drums "One of the great British jazz improvisers, he has evolved a unique sound, and made a unique impression on the development of the musci. As you can tell from the songs on this album he continues to love every minute of it." John Fordham - the Guardian
Geoff Gascoyne is known for his immaculate bass playing but this CD shows him to be a highly original composer too. Working with some of the best among the rising generation of British Jazz, he has come up with a set of pieces, some all his own and some recast standards, that are tuneful, evocative and, at times, quite moving. Featuring Ben Castle - sax, Anthony Kerr - vibes, Gareth Williams - piano, Malcolm MacFarlane - guitar, Seb de Krom - drums plus Jamie Cullum.