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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CD Review: Colin Steele Quintet – Even in the Darkest Places

Colin Steele (trumpet), Michael Buckley (saxophones), Dave Milligan (piano), Calum Gourlay (double bass) & Stu Ritchie (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Following a lengthy, debilitating illness Colin Steele is back. Off the scene for too long, trumpeter Steele has been in the studio to record a quintet album. Even in the Darkest Places references a difficult period from which he has emerged with renewed vigour, a new record and a gig diary as busy as any musician could wish for. The CD was recorded in July 2015 at Casltesound Studios, Pencaitland. Now, some twenty months later the physical product is finally available.
Steele is fortunate in being able to call upon some of Britain’s finest to help realise this new album of seven compositions. Long time collaborator Dave Milligan has arranged Steele’s tunes, and the presence of Michael Buckley, saxophones, new recruit Calum Gourlay, double bass, and drummer Stu Ritchie make Even in the Darkest Places an enticing prospect. Relaxed, uplifting melodies are a sure sign of Steele’s delight at being able to play once more. From I Will Wait for You to a lilting Independence Song to Steele’s insistence that There Are Angels, this new recording is a welcome addition to any CD collection. The closing number – Down to the Wire – hears Buckley on soprano dovetailing with bandleader Steele as Milligan, Gourlay and Ritchie hold it down. Steele injects an irresistible bop swing-time feel, the others go with it, Milligan swinging like nobody’s business with Gourlay and Ritchie right on it – Buckley switching to swinging tenor – and, the best part of sixteen steaming minutes later, Even in the Darkest Places leaves the listener wanting more.
Those wanting more can catch Colin Steele in concert across Scotland – and hopefully beyond – in the coming weeks and months. Even in the Darkest Places by the Colin Steele Quintet is out on Friday 17 March. For further details visit: www.colinsteele.com                      
Russell.
NB: Steele describes his traumas and how they were overcome on this YouTube clip.













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