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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CD Review: Julian Siegel Quartet - Vista.

Julian Siegel (tenor/soprano/bass clarinet); Liam Noble (piano); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Gene Calderazzo (drums).
(Review by Lance).
I'm a bit late with this review for reasons not musically related but, at last, I've caught up with it and not a moment too soon. The album's getting rave reviews across the jazz world and deservedly so. The quartet has been together for, I think, nine years and, as such, are totally at home with each other although this is only their second album - the last one being Urban Theme Park back in 2011. It created an impression when, as part of a promotional tour, they stopped off at Gateshead Old Town Hall.
Seven years on and the feeling of empathy between the musicians is, if possible, even greater.
Apart from Bud Powell's Un Poco Loco, all compositions are by Siegel who explores and expands each theme thoroughly on whatever 'axe' he chooses to grind. 
Liam Noble is equally impressive - when is he not? - and Hayhurst must surely rate in the upper echelons of bass players, not just in the UK, but anywhere.
Calderazzo, likewise, is tops. Ask any drummer to list their current favourite drummer and you can bet that he will be high on the list. If you are in doubt, listen to his solo on Billion Years.
As I said at the beginning, this disc has been highly acclaimed by such reviewers as John Fordham (Guardian CD of the Month) and several others all of whom have waxed lyrical.
Add my name to the list.
Lance.
Available on Whirlwind Recordings WR4717.

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