Label: Woodland Records - WOOD006 • Format: CD • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic, Jazz • Style: Broken Beat, Future Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Here in deepest Herefordshire we take a certain vicarious pride when one of our own becomes famous in their chosen Roma - Bryan Corbett - Pressure Valve. Trumpeter Bryan Corbett hails from Bromyard and first learned to play in the town band. His love of jazz, however, soon found him sitting in with visiting professsionals at Ludlow jazz club when he was still a teenager.
After a spell at music college he relocated to Birmingham and has been a fixture on the Midlands jazz scene for a number of years now. Quite a contrast with playing to crowds of thousands on the European Festival circuit last summer as part of the touring band of US3. High profile festival appearances at Cheltenham and London established him yet further and another live album with a new quartet line-up was recorded at the one-eleven club in Sheffield now sadly defunct.
With its strong themes the album was a considerable success and helped him find work at the more funk and dance orientated end of the jazz spectrum - hence the tour with US3. Vocals are much more to the fore this time around provided in the main by Lupa and by Lizzy Parks who has been tipped as a rising star herself.
My only criticism would be that some Roma - Bryan Corbett - Pressure Valve the writing, good as it is, is not entirely new. Long may he prosper! Look out for his regular quartet gigs, featuring talented pianist Levi French. Also look out for Herefordians Thad Kelly and Ben Hazelton who are both bass players, and fully professional on the London scene. When he played in Shake It - Bottom 12 - Songs For The Disgruntled Postman band of trumpeter Damon Brown around three years ago his partner in the rhythm section was the incomparable drummer Sebastian Rochford.
Isobella Burnham and Eddie Gomez. Funk and dance orientated. A very enjoyable "nu-jazz" album.
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