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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Steve Arloff, Nick Barnard, Pierre Giroux, Don Mather, Glyn Pursglove, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf

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Bugs in Amber

Candid CACD 78558



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Jim Barr - Bass
Clive Deamer - Drums
Jake McMurchie - Tenor sax
Pete Judge - Trumpet


This is the second CD by this young band from Bristol and, like the former, it's full of youthful enthusiasm and original compositions by members of the band. The only problem is that it is very similar to the previous release and what was all new then, is not all new now!

Jim Barr is a fine bass player, but too many of the tracks are bass dominated and that makes things a bit monotonous. There is no doubting the quality of musicianship, or the ensemble playing which is technically very clever, maybe too clever on some tracks!

The important thing that should come out of Get the Blessing is that they may succeed in attracting a younger audience to jazz. If they manage that they will have rendered the music a great service. I find it quite concerning that the average age of the jazz audience in the UK is so high. Not so in Spain: I have attended the San Javier Jazz Festival for some years now and the average age of the audience is half that of the UK.

Keep at it lads, what you are producing is terrific for a young provincial band, even if some of it is not to the liking of an old fuddy duddy like me!

Don Mather 

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