Quentin Collins-Brandon Allen quartet

Quentin Collins- trumpet, Brandon Allen -tenor sax, Ros Stanley- organ and Enzo Zirilli- drums

 

Interesting melodies and well-crafted solos over a swinging organ-and-drums rhythm section. Trumpeter Quentin Collins and tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen share inspiration in the glory days of hard bop and the music of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley and its other great proponents but, while they bring its values to their own quartet, this is no mere tribute band. 

"Trumpet, tenor saxophone, organ and drums? Must be retro hard-bop in the classic Blue Note mould. Er, not exactly. Collins certainly plays bright, crackling trumpet and Allen's tenor is declamatory in the grand manner, but there's a restlessness about this band's music that defies expectations. Instead of grooving comfortably along, the drums (Enzo Zirilli) chatter away busily and the organ (Ross Stanley) produces sudden changes of register and great washes of harmonic colour. The compositions, Collins's especially, keep you guessing, too. It's disconcerting but wonderfully energising, once you get over the surprise". Dave Gelly Observer

 

Hear excerpts from their album "What's it gonna be"  here and here

 

The Quentin Collins-Brandon Allen quartet are at Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS73PD on Thursday 27 September at 8pm. Tickets are £15 full price, £12 concessionary price, available in advance from Seven Arts or by ringing 0113 26 26 777

 

Tickets can also be purchased on line at "We Got Tickets" here  

Season tickets for all seven evening Seven Jazz autumn 2012 gigs are available from Seven Arts at a deep discount of £70 full price or £56 concessions