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Julian Arguelles in Bristol again – excellent

October 4, 2013

I knew I had a really good memory of the last time I heard Julian Arguelles in Bristol – but I hadn’t realised it was four years ago.  I reckoned then that the  gig, with a trio, stood comparison with everyone’s favourite sax player, Joe Lovano.

I like Arguelles, a lot. Why? Well, when he played in John Taylor’s Octet at Cheltenham last year, I tried to describe his contribution, saying he “just goes on getting better – he is certainly one of the world’s finest saxophonists nowadays, whether on tenor or soprano. A lustrous tone, complete command of the horn, clever dynamics, lines that are somehow simultaneously sinuous and springy: all combined with real emotional force”.

His quartet gig on Sunday at the Hen and Chicken has a near supergoup line-up, too. Sam Lasserson and James Maddren on mass and drums and the superb Kit Downs on piano. Ought to be one of the gigs of the year.

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