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Thursday, January 01, 2015

CD Review: Quadraceratops - Quadraceratops

Cath Roberts – alto saxophone, compositions; Tom Ward – tenor saxophone ; Henry Spencer – trumpet;Magnus Dearness – trombone; Dave O’Brien – keyboards; Jason Simpson – bass; Olly Blackman – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
This is composer and band leader’s Cath Roberts debut album with her septet Quadraceratops named after a fictitious dinosaur who, like the band, has four horns. 
Dinner with Patrick gets the album underway -  a horn dominated rumble which ebbs and flows in almost ‘Mingus’ like fashion. 
Song for the Worker Bee features a hypnotic minimalist Fender Rhodes solo from Dave O’Brien  before the haunting trumpet of Henry Spencer kicks in. The whole track is set against a background of driving drums and bass. Chair-O-Planes has a stirring melody with some solid soloing by Roberts, Dearness than contributes a smashing solo on the trombone before the piece concludes with the same cheery theme by which it had begun. Open Sandwich is carried along by Simpson’s funky double bass another ethereal Rhodes solo from O’Brien cranks up the piece allowing the horns to really  get going. Spiderling is a slower more delicate number with O’Brien on acoustic piano and the horns  providing an erringly  sinister backdrop. Calico is dominated by Spencer’s soaring trumpet with the whole ensemble squawking away together before culminating in a gentle piano led finale. Flying South concludes this album with all soloists getting their chance to shine. Trombonist, Dearness and bass player,  Jason Simpson taking the honours along with drummer Olly Blackman who keeps things going throughout the entire album. 
This a fine piece of modern British jazz with excellent compositions and arrangements from band leader Cath Roberts. I expect the band to get better and better as they play together and imagine they would be a very fine outfit to see live.
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Steve H.

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