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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, Ian Lace, Peter Woolf, Colin Clarke


SIMPLY BLUE
Bryan Corbett Quintet
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  1. Tunisia
  2. Interlude
  3. Work Song
  4. Simply Blue
  5. Sky Dive
  6. Midnight Voyage
  7. Love for Sale
  8. Milestones
Bryan Corbett - Trumpet & Flugel
Mark Overton - Tenor Sax
Trevor Davies - Guitar
Neil Humphris - Bass
Geof Hawker - Drums

 

The recording was made at the Ealing Jazz festival in 2000, before an almost live audience!

The choice of programme is excellent; it includes a couple of tuneful Corbett originals including the title track. The band is well organised and all the musicians give a good account of themselves, there is however only one star, the leader his playing shows an exceptional maturity for a young man. He combines cleanly played ensemble work with a fascinating gift for original improvisation. His tone is always round, but it varies with the mood of the piece whilst always retaining an identity. Bryan Corbett is obviously one of the UK's jazz stars of the future. He lists as his favourite players Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davies and Wynton Marsalis, the influence of all of them can be heard in his work. He studied at Liverpool University and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he also benefited from scholarships in Norway and the USA, it is not surpising that already he sounds like the finished article.

I strongly recommend this album. which is available from Bryan Corbett, Flat 151,Halesowen Rd.Old Mill, Cradley Heath B64 6HX Phone 0411 601 657

Don Mather
Don Mather is a Saxophone Player and Bandleader in Coventry UK



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