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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



Roger Beaujolais Quintet

I’ll See You Tonight

StayTuned Records ST005

 

 

    I’ll See You Tonight
    Black Narcissus
    The Jazz Syrup
    Oregano
    Dindi
    Night Dreamer
    Grooveyard
    In the Habit

Roger Beaujolais – Vibraphone
Mark Lockheart – Tenor & Soprano Saxes
Robin Aspland – Piano
Orlando leFleming – Bass
Winston Clifford – Drums

As well as playing vibes on this CD, Roger Beaujolais also wrote the tunes played on tracks 1, 3, 4 & 8. He is a very successful musician in a number of different musical genres. His acid-jazz (whatever that is) group Vibraphonic has enjoyed success in the USA, he has also worked in the pop group Fairground Attraction and drum ‘n bass act 4Hero. He is an integral part of the Travis/Beaujolais Band with flautist Theo Travis and also The Chevalier Brothers with Ray Gelato.

On this CD Roger is heard in distinguished company, Mark Lockheart on Tenor & Soprano is a long time collaborator. The rhythm section is an all-star gathering with the excellent Robin Aspland on Piano, Orlando leFleming on Bass and the very talented Winston Clifford on Drums.

This is a very well thought out album; Roger’s arrangements have made skilful use of all the Quintet’s instrumentation to make each track a musical adventure. The inclusion of some more familiar themes with the original compositions gives the listener a much better perspective than where everything is unfamiliar.

Roger’s own vibes playing must make him the UK’s current No1, his style nods towards Gary Burton, but he is not an imitator, he has a style of his own. Mark Lockheart has been on the jazz scene long enough to absorb something of the many influences around him and come up with a good sound on Tenor & Soprano and some interesting solo lines.

My favourite tracks? In truth I liked all of them, but the title track Dindi which is an extended feature for Roger and Carl Perkin’s Grooveyard perhaps had a slight edge.

Although I have been aware of Roger Beaujolais for sometime, I have never before sat and listened to an hour of his music. I found the experience very rewarding, this is an excellent band playing a high quality selection of music. I congratulate all concerned.

 

Don Mather

 

 



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