Ryan Quigley - Laphroaig-ian Slip
(Ryan Quigley Music)
Ryan Quigley is a familiar figure on the Scottish jazz scene, not least through his long tenure in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. The trumpeter’s love of the classic hard bop and post-bop styles of the 50s and 60s is always apparent in this session, which was recorded (for reasons explained in Rob Adams’ insert notes) under difficult time constraints, although you would be hard pressed to guess it from the music.
The abundant energy and drive reflects the focused concentration the players brought to the trumpeter’s attractive, cleverly arranged compositions which make up the disc, augmented by their takes on two standards. His inventive, hard-hitting trumpet work is typically crisp and expressive. Saxophonists Laura MacDonald (alto) and Paul Booth (tenor) complete a dynamic horn line, while pianist Steve Hamilton leads a swinging and supportive rhythm section with Mario Caribe and Alyn Cosker. (www.ryanquigley.co.uk)