Laurence Cottle Quintet
This is blistering CD that features the cream of London's jazz musicians. All tunes composed and arranged by Laurence Cottle except Bouncing with Bud which was composed by Bud Powell and arranged by Laurence. THE LINE UP: Laurence Cottle - electric bass, Graham Harvey - Piano, Nigel Hitchcock - Alto Sax, Ian Thomas - Drums
"This album was a real treat to make", says Tony. "With this line up of international musicians, I had to play at my very best!" All the compositions are by Tony Smith - Superb Canadian Guitarist. Tony's group are Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Ian Thomas on drums with Mike McEvoy and Jody Linscott backing up on keys and percussion respectively. Guest appearences are by Derek Nash - Sax and Flute; the amazing Tower of Power saxophonist Brandon Fields and the most gifted of international pianists, Niels Lan Doky! THE LINE UP: Tony - Smith Guitar, Geoff Gascoyne - Bass, Ian Thomas - Drums, Mike McEvoy - Keys, Jody Linscott - Percussion, Niels Lan Doky - Piano, Brandon Fields - Sax, Derek Nash Sax and Flute
This is Martin's first recording in his own right for over six years and he chose to pay tribute to Ronnie Scott with whom Martin toured the world time and time again. Possibly through the Ronnie connection, he got his big international break and spent 25 years as drummer for the great OSCAR PETERSON . Be surprised; this is a really funky upbeat album. THE LINE UP: Martin Drew - Drums, Laurence Cottle - Bass, Mornington Lockett - Sax, Gareth Williams - Piano. "Here is a band where the four musicians seem to indulge in mental telepathy..." Greg Murphy, The Jazz Rag
At last, the debut album from the one of the most dynamic and versatile singers in the UK. This is an exciting and uplifting collection of songs that extends the range of the vocal jazz repertoire. As well as paying tribute to the jazz greats such as Mercer, Noble & Trenet, this album also includes unexpected reworkings of songs from the likes of Carole King, Smokey Robinson and the Moody Blues. With a "tasteful & senstitive rhythm section" this album sets a new standard. THE LINE UP: Sheena Davis - Vocals, Tom Cawley - Piano, Rob Rickenberg - Bass, Pete Cater - Drums, Jim Mullen - Guitar. "She's the finest new talent to come around for many years" JAZZ FM
THIS CD IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. It can be downloaded from www.smashdigital.co.uk Gary Potter is regarded as one of the greatest jazz and country guitarists in the world. He is a guitarist who is melodic, lyrical and imaginitive, with perfect rhythmic sense. His playing is influenced by players such as Django Reinhardt - Gary featured in the Channel 4 film 'The Django Legacy'. His approach to playing jazz guitar, both acoustic and amplified, is sufficiently original to give him an identity that is all his own. "When you see this guy, you probably won't believe it - one of the best players I've seen in years." Benny Green THE LINE UP Gary Potter - Guitar, Herbie Flowers - Bass, Dave Trigwell - Drums. "Audiences everywhere love this (Liverpudlian) guitar wizard." Andrew Vine Yorkshire Post.