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Monday, November 02, 2015

CD Review: Tim Richards Hextet - Telegraph Hill

Tim Richards (pno); Ed Jones (ten); Ralph Wyld (vibes); Peter Ibbetson (dms); Dick Pearce (tpt); Dominic Howles (bs).
(Review by Lance).
To me this is a sextet but to Tim it's a hextet! Maybe I'm missing a finger or two or they just didn't want to mention sex - strange. However, with or without the sex, this is a superb album. Dick Pearce, a trumpet man I've loved since I first heard him at Caedmon back in the '80s with Ronnie [Scott], still blowing magnificently.
And Ralph Wyld on vibes! What a timely reminder - he's with Sam Eagles at the Globe this coming Saturday! Ed Jones blows great tenor, his name should be bandied about more often when they talk about our UK saxmen, Ibbetson and Howles dig deep whilst Richards is not only an original composer/arranger, but he also blows mighty fine piano. 
Dave Gelly, who knows a thing or two, says "The ten numbers, varied in pace and mood, are a joy from beginning to end."
Amen.
For us guys/gals up here in the north east there's good news and bad news. The good news is that they're playing a gig at the Jazz Café. The bad news is that it's not until June 28, 2016!
Suggestion: buy the CD now - the world may have come to an end by then and I'd hate to have left this mortal coil before hearing this.
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Lance.

1 comment :

Paul Bream said...

Well, let's hope Lance is wrong, and the world doesn't come to an end before June of next year! After all, it's nine years to the day (2nd November 2006) since Tim Richards last brought a band to Tyneside, so waiting another eight months until Jazz North East bring him back to the Jazz Café doesn't seem too much longer to wait.
But I do agree that buying the album now is a good idea - not because of the threat of Armageddon, but because it will give us all a foretaste of the great music that Tim continues to make, and whet our appetites for the live gig.

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