Ryan Quigley - Laphroaig-ian Slip (4 stars)

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)


1. Nick Williams29 Mar 2010, 3:59pm5 stars Ryan Quigley - Laphroaig-ian Slip Report

Ryan Quigley played at the 2010 Gateshead Jazz Festival over March 26 to 28 at The Sage Music Hall on the banks of the River Tyne.
The first gig we saw him play was with Brassjaw in St Mary's Church.
The acoustics of the church leant it self to Brassjaw and I am sure that they must have rehearsed in the church prior to the gig. At one point the band dispersed into various positions within the finely restored Church and Ryan almost ended up in the Gents toilets. The sound of Brassjaw was absolutely awesome but for me, (even though I am a sax player) Ryan's playing (Trumpet) was absolutely superb. Punchy, Crisp, Tight, Snip and Screaming Perfection spring to mind as descriptives however he has also converted me from preference of Saxophone to Trumpet. Ryan is the next Maynard Ferguson!

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