I single this one out for lots of reasons. Saxophone (and occasional bass clarinet) heavyweight Julian Siegel is a man for long-term musical relationships (see Partisans) and it’s a pleasure to see that his quartet retains the same line-up after all these years. A pleasure enhanced because the other three are also favourite exponents of piano (Liam Noble), bass (Oli Hayhurst) and drums (Gene Calderazzo).
Anticipation is increased by the fact that it’s seven years since their last recording, (reviewed here) and four since they were last heard in these parts (I think) at Cheltenham in 2014 – a set I reviewed here.
The new set alluded to there has now finally been recorded, and released (as Vista), and reports are extremely good, as here. So four players at the top of their game, who will be three dates into a short 8-stop tour when they stop by at the Hen and Chicken – newly refurbished – on Sunday.
There’s a live session on Radio 3’s Jazz Now on Monday 9th t check iuyt if you want a preview of what it will sound like. Meantime, here they are last year at the European showcase Jazzahead.