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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CD Review: Steve Fishwick/Osian Roberts/Frank Basile Sextet - In The Empire State.

Steve Fishwick (tpt); Osian Roberts (ten); Frank Basile (bar); Jeb Patton (pno); Mike Karn (bs); Matt Fishwick (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The CDs drop through the letterbox daily. Sometimes my eyes light up with delight but, more often than not, I groan and wonder, wtf will I make of this!
I'm pleased to say that this album is very much in the former category. In fact it epitomises what this site was primarily aimed at - bebop in the new millennium. Recorded in New York last year after the Fishwick Bros and Roberts, along with New Yorkers Basile, Patton and Karn played several gigs in the Big Apple as part of Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet. 
What a richly deserved accolade for Steve who isn't always given his due as one of the UK's finest jazz trumpet players.
Steve can blow, as can long time frontline partner Roberts. Both the Fishwicks and Roberts are able to hold their own in fast company and the company here is very fast indeed! Basile, an on-call 24 hour baritone man, displays why he is in such demand and it is to the Brits' credit that they stand tall - shades of Tubby's transatlantic forays. If the album had been released under Basile's name I'd have assumed it was an all-American line-up.
Steve provided  two of the originals as well as arranging How Deep is the Ocean. Osian chipped in with three compositions and Basile had two as well as an arrangement of My Blue Heaven that suggested that 'just honey and me, and baby makes three' now had a hip grandkid!
Lullaby For Eira and Enid are dedicated to Roberts daughters - they must be lovely to inspire such beauty.
I first heard Steve and Osian at one of the Scarborough festivals, Steve and Matt also played an early gig at Hoochie.
This is the real deal. Good enough for Dave Douglas - good enough for me!
Sample.
Lance.
They're touring next February on an Arts Council grant.
Feb. 3: Scarborough.
Feb. 4: Aberdeen.
Feb. 5: Sheffield.
Feb. 7: Southport.
Feb. 8: Ronnie Scott's
Feb. 9: Ronnie Scott's.
Feb. 10: 606- Club.
Feb. 11:Cambridge.
Feb. 12: Brighton.

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