Jazzizit Records are delighted to present In the Zone by the Dave O'Higgins Quartet/Quintet.
This CD marks a return to straight ahead acoustic jazz for Dave his first for the Jazzizit Label. The Dave O'Higgins Quartet/Quintet is made up of the finest musicians. Featuring Tom Cawley (paino), Sam Burgess (bass), Seb de Krom (drums), Martin Shaw (trumpet) and Dave (tenor & soprano sax).
The album is a mixture of jazz standards and original tunes all with reference to the great saxophonists including Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson & John Coltrane.
The original title track In the Zone alternates between latin and swing and recalls the Wayne Shorter Jazz Messengers era with a quote from Coltraine's Giant Steps in the melody. It's obvious that Martin Shaw on trumpet and Dave have a great empathy in their phrasing.
The Story so Far is an easy going original tune that sounds like a standard. Operation Yardbird is dedicated to Charlie Parker with a tricky boppish melody. It is based on the changes of Sonny Stitt's Eternal Triangle and played with a turbo-charged energy feel akin to some of the recent Kenny Garrett Quartet's.
"Dazzling post-pop tenorist with a magnificent range and a dramatick turn of phrase." The Guardian
"A world-class player" BBC Music Magazine