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Jazz, Contemporary
Woodville Records
October 30, 2015

Format: Compact Disc



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Saxophonists Dave O'Higgins and Alan Barnes musical association goes back to the 1980s when they were both members of the Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet.

For this recording they put together a superb band. Saxophonists Sam Mayne and Karen Sharp are mainstays of the UK jazz scene and no nepotism came into play in the choice of Judith O"Higgins - she is a fine section player and accomplished soloist. The rhythm section is one guaranteed to swing - an important factor in both Dave and Alan's musical philosophy.

They covered a wide range of material, from a reduction of Duke Ellington's "Ko-Ko", through Benny Carter's original arrangement of "Doozy", to Alan's original "Orejas De Cerdos" and Dave's brilliant editing and harmonization of a Dexter Gordon solo on "The Chase".

The album recorded in the old-fashioned way: a run through then straight to record. What you hear is what happened. You can instantly here all the individual sounds of the players - no need to indicate whose playing what - each player is easily recognisable, at ease in their own skin, and has their own way of doing things.

Personnel: Alan Barnes (alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet), Dave O'Higgins (tenor saxophone), Sam Mayne (alto saxophone), Judith O'Higgins (tenor saxophone), Karen Sharp (baritone saxophone), Robin Aspland (piano), Adam King (bass), Sebastiaan de Krom (drums)

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(4 stars) Their scores coax a marvellous blend of tones and textures from the instruments, and, what's more, it's hugely entertaining. That's a rare quality these days.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), November 22, 2015

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Catalogue number WVCD146
Barcode 5060053381469
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 94g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm