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Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce the signing of Judith and Dave O'Higgins, for an album release that features the His 'n' Hers frontline tenor saxes doing battle in straight-ahead, full-on jazz. His 'n 'Hers affectionately pits Mr and Mrs O'Higgins against each other as in the movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In reality, this is a swinging "tough tenors" band in the good humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin - Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, who made nine albums together between 1960 and 1962. But what Griffin and Davis did together was not a competition, however apparently combative. It was collaboration, mutual inspiration and special because of both the similarity and contrast of the two protagonists. Judith O'Higgins was born in Hilden, Germany. She studied medicine and music education in Munster, finished university in Hamburg and became a forensic pathologist. She now lives in London with Dave. Her German autobiography / popular science book, "Spuren des Todes", was published by Fischer Verlag in 2013. Although Judith became a forensic pathologist, she continued playing the saxophone to a high standard and her CV includes Matthew Herbert Big Band, Two Minds Big Band, and Barnes/O'Higgins and the Sax Section. Judith also produced and played on the critically acclaimed Abstract Truth Big Band recording made under the direction of Jorg Achim Keller at the famous Abbey Road Studio in 2015. Five years after this hugely ambitious project and with COVID-19 lockdown looming, a recording session was organised just in time before the scene froze. Judith has a strong tenor sound that evokes the spirit of Dexter Gordon and Clifford Jordan and steps up this time as a featured soloist and composer in this group. She and Dave have written three new originals and play three "greatest hits" from their two-tenor book, honed over a few years of gigs with different rhythm sections. They are joined by the super swinging dream team trio of Graham Harvey (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Josh Morrison (drums).


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