After two productive and exciting days recording with Craig Milverton - piano, Sandy Sucholdoski - bass, Nick Millward - drums and Steven Vintner - vibes, our new album is finally been produced and is now available for purchase via paypal.
The material is sourced from two of the world finest alto saxophone masters, Johnny Hodges and Earl Bostic. Both players in their prime during the 40's, 50's and 60's, simialr in many respects, but from opposite ends of the jazz spectrum. Our new album "HODGE-STIC" represents jazz at the time of new beats and rhythms, with Bostic firmly aiming at the dance halls while Hodges stormed the concert halls and jazz clubs. The variety of tempos, textures and moods is impressive ; with sultry ballads, bouncing bop and storming stomps all in equal measure. Something here for everyone.
Track titles include ..... Jeeps Blues, Tenderly, Below The Azores, Cracked Ice, Flamingo, Special Delivery Stomp, Sophisticated Lady.....
The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet features two of the most exciting and versatile musicians on the jazz scene today. Both multi-instrumentalists, they perform an eclectic range of high octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute. With inspiration drawn from the all-time heroes of reed players, Amy Roberts and Richard Exall perform well crafted arrangements that pay homage to Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Eddie 'Lockjaw" Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Earl Bostic, Charlie Parker and many more. Their performances include popular standards and vocals as well as more unusual material inspired from early jazz/swing and latin music, guaranteeing an entertaining program which crosses musical styles and boundaries that appeals equally to jazz aficionados and music lovers everywhere.
BREAKING NEWS!!! New Album - "Why Not?" OUT NOW!!!!
The Sleeve notes have been written by the one and only Jeff Barnhart (USA)!!
Lucky you! You hold in your hands a buffet of scrumptious jazz arrangements and performances. Your banquet consists of the ﬁnest ingredients, prepared for you by an enticing combination of well-known and emerging musical chefs. For starters, you have bassist Bill Coleman, who brings his decades of talent, experience and unstoppable enthusiasm to the table, creating a base (pardon the pun) upon which further musical delicacies can be sampled. Pianist Neil Angilley--"he's CORNISH," Amy proudly crows--and percussionist Adam Riley have massively extensive c.v.'s, and create grooves of great variety and versatility as an appetizing accompaniment to our entrees: reeds stars Richard Exall and Amy Roberts. Richard and Amy have been cooking up tasty sounds side-by-side in the Chris Barber Band for the last three years: now is a perfect time for them to open their own musical restaurant.
Their menu offers treats to tempt every taste, from Trad Jazz chestnuts (High Society, Limehouse Blues) to delectable Standards (Sentimental Journey, The Very Thought of You, Harlem Nocturne), spicy Latin ﬂavours (Tico Tico, Lovina Mambo, Doo Doo) to meaty Swing (Bernie's Tune, Tickle Toe), a soupçon of Classical (Minute Waltz) to the title track: a mouth-watering fusion of Funk and Latin (Why Not--where sous chef Angilley cooks up a gourmet solo). Our digestif is a sweet concoction from the ﬁlm "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang," the hauntingly beautiful Hushabye Mountain. This aural feast has been prepared for you with precision and passion...bon appétit!
Jeff Barnhart--Mystic, CT, USA
Jeff Barnhart is an internationally celebrated pianist, vocalist, composer and entertainer. Featuring on over 100 full-length recordings, he travels more than 40 weeks a year in search of the perfect gig and the perfect pint.
The new album features
Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet and saxes
Richard Exall - clarinet, saxes & vocals
Adam Riley - drums
Bill Coleman - bass
Neil Angilley - piano