Award-winning hard bop tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett's blistering third LP as a leader finds him fronting a quartet of British jazz royalty featuring John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (double bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). His work here is steeped in the tradition of the very best modern jazz and reflects his upbringing listening to Getz, Rollins, Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, Johnnie Griffin, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter. Recorded direct to stereo tape in November 2012. Curated, analogue mastered and cut at Gearbox Studio.
Spillett explains, "As far as my own playing is concerned, I am never satisfied and always feel I can improve. This record is a document of how I sounded on one day in a studio and reminds me that there is always work to do, especially when I listen to my heroes and the players around me. I don't like making records and find the proceedings very difficult and unsettling. I far prefer playing live to an audience without the self-conscious feeling that overcomes me when I record. I find listening back to what I've done almost impossible."
Even if he does, you certainly won't! This is a major statement of steady progress by one of Britain's very best and we hope it won't be another five years before the next installment.
Simon Spillett (tenor saxophone)
John Critchinson (piano)
Alec Dankworth (double bass)
Clark Tracey (drums)