Seamus Blake Quartet: Live in Italy 2CD
Label: Jazz Eyes
Performers: Danton Boller, David Kikoski, Rodney Green, Seamus Blake, Seamus Blake Quartet
Seamus Blake Quartet
Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone
David Kikoski, piano
Rodney Green, drums
Danton Boller, double-bass
To consider that saxplayer Seamus Blake was inclosed in the Downbeat Critics Poll as an "artist deserving of wider recognition", that Pat Metheny described him as "the best tenor player I've heard in a couple of years" (Jazz Times April 1997), that John Scofield hired him for his Quiet Band,calling him "extraordinary, a total saxophonist" or that he placed 1st in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in February 2002, all that only attests a part of this very interesting musician's course. ..London..born - but ..Vancouver.. raised - saxophonist showcases a fluent phrasing both on tenor and soprano, forged during the best years of jazz in '90s ....New York City....,together with his pals Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Larry Grenadier. He also worked as long standing member of the Mingus Big Band -featuring on their last recordings on Dreyfuss - and has just recorded with Victor Lewis Quintet for the third time. He also borrows his sax to some of the most intriguing bands of the modern scene, like Bloom daddies (a funky,alternative grunge jazz), and the very jazz Sangha Quartet.....
With his own quartet, Seamus Blake releases his very first live album, Livein Italy, under Jazz Eyes, a double Cd where the refined band - which lines-up David Kikoski on piano, Danton Boller on double-bass and Rodney Greenon drums - plays some powerful Blake's tunes, one by Kikoski, and pieces from Scofield, Ellington and Van Heusen/DeLange, as well as an astonishing jazz version of Debussy's String Quartet in G minor.....