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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

CD Review: The Darius Brubeck Quartet – Live in Poland


Darius Brubeck (piano); Dave O’Higgins (tenor sax); Matt Ridley (bass); Wesley Gibbens (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Darius Brubeck dispensed with his siblings some twelve years ago, hooking up with Ridley and Gibbens. A move that some might see as the equivalent of Brubeck père bringing in Gene Wright and Joe Morello. Tenor man Dave O’Higgins remains on the team which is a wise move – which alto player could replace Paul Desmond?

Apart from a couple of dad’s breadwinners – In Your Own Sweet Way, Desmond’s Take Five and Hugh Masekela’s Nomali – the remaining tracks on this delightful album are  all composed by Darius. Of course the influence of Papa Dave seeps into Darius’ playing but it is only a slight infusion. It would be abnormal if some of his old man’s greatness didn’t rub off.


Brubeck senior’s music moved in directions none of his contemporaries envisaged back then, Darius operates in the less sophisticated but earthier jazz scene of today whilst still digging out his own way forward. In O’Higgins he has the man to aid and abet. Desmond wouldn’t have taken this path, probably wouldn’t want to, O’Higgins incorporates some of the late alto saxist’s lyricism whilst adding his own melodic charm on tenor. A charm that, at times, dispenses with the melodic and the lyrical in favour of a muscular virile sound which, nevertheless, only serves to make it all the more appealing.

Take Five runs for ten minutes and, apart from the underlying rhythm, makes no attempt to clone the original - apart from the Morello style drum solo which the fans would expect on such an iconic tune. O’Higgins blows up a storm and reminds us of just how strong the UK is when it comes to tenor players – if our politicians blew Mark 6’s instead of hot air then maybe Poland and other European countries would give them the applause the audience in the Blue Note Club in Poznan gave to this superb band.
Lance
Album released on Friday Dec. 13 with launch at the London Jazz Caf on Dec.14.
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