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Monday, April 10, 2017

CD Review: Brian Molley Quartet - Colour and Movement

Brian Molley (tenor/soprano/flute/clarinets); Tom Gibbs (piano); Mario Caribé (double bass/guitar); Stu Brown (drums/perc.)
(Review/preview etc. by Lance)
I'm going to kill three birds with one stone here although, kill is far from my intention. Quite the opposite in fact!
A superb CD.
A gig close to home.
A gig not too far away.
Plus, There's also a gig a long way away.

So, starting at the very beginning, which Rodgers and Hammerstein would have us believe is a very good place to start (providing there's some 'Doh Re Mi' on the table) the Glaswegian Quartet have produced a brilliant new album - Colour & Movement. This, perhaps, takes Brubeck's Time Further Out concept even further out, but not so far out that it threatens to burn the pet shop inhabitants.
It's accessible, comprising 12 pieces, played in 12 different keys and in 12 different time signatures!
Nine of the tunes are originals, the other three being the Bricusse/Anthony Newley opus, Cheer Up Charlie; That Old Black Magic (Arlen/Mercer) and Duke's Solitude.
An absolute gem by four of Scotland's finest.
The quartet played the Globe back in June 2015. The audience wasn't large, but Mrs Brown's Boys were on at the nearby Arena and Kid Creole and the Coconuts were up the road at the Bowling club whilst the ubiquitous Paul Edis and Matt Anderson were at the Jazz Caff. Tough calls!. However, those that opted for the Brian Molley Quartet weren't disappointed and the Jazz Coop jumped at the chance of having them back which is happening on April 22. Don't miss out this time around otherwise you'll have to head north to the Hippodrome in Eyemouth over the border in Sturgeonland on April 29. Then, if you miss that one, you've got a bit more travelling to do - The Madras Jazz Festival in Chennai on June 3.
So what do you think? Newcastle, Scotland or India? Maybe a discount ticket for all three (Air India, National Express, Virgin Train or 22 bus fares not included).
Lance.
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