Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet - What’s It Gonna Be (3 stars)

A breath of traditionalism amid the experimental directions dominating the London jazz scene

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Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet - What’s It Gonna Be

(Sunlightsquare Records)

A breath of traditionalism amid the experimental directions currently dominating the London jazz scene from trumpeter Quentin Collins and saxophonist Brandon Allen, with Ross Stanley on Hammond organ and Enzo Zirilli on drums.

The music echoes classic trumpet-tenor formations of the hard bop era, but with enough unexpected quirks to keep it on the right side of simple replication. Both horn players are direct and appealing in their approaches, Stanley’s rich harmonic inventions fill out the music, and Zirilli swings and grooves impressively. Natalie Williams adds a vocal on the album’s only cover, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Smile Please’.

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