Pavane review in Audiophile News

New review by Tony Andrews
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**** Observer Review of Chris Ingham Quartet Dudley Album.....

"Unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile...Dudley would have been delighted" **** OBSERVER.
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"Swing, humour and poignancy...a jazz joy" **** MOJO

"A delightful CD...a worthy tribute to one of the British jazz piano greats by a British jazz pianist who ain't no slouch either" BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

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CD of the week - The Lady magazine

Review - 'Pavane', the album: “You don’t normally associate the word ‘beguiling’ with the sound of a trumpet, but this CD by celebrated trumpeter and composer Paul Higgs is just that. By turns romantic and haunting, but always insistent, Paul’s compositions mix the genres of classical music and jazz with the grandeur of a film score.” GS, The Lady, 21/2/14:CD OF THE WEEK; PAVANE:


London Jazz News - Frank Griffith

Trumpeter, pianist, composer Paul Higgs, has produced a gently atmospheric melange of classical, jazz and new age vignettes. The eleven tracks that comprise Pavane, each about four minutes in length, subtly woo the listener in, with a combination of plainsong trumpet melodies supported by an evocative wash of cello and viola countermelodies ably played by Helen Yousaf. The trickly and wistful classical guitar broodings from Andy Watson score highly as well.

The collection feels more like a forty-five minute suite rather than a variety of distinctive compositions. A remarkable effect results from delivering changing sound palettes and tempi throughout ,yet unified by an overarching almost trance-like ethos.

In frenetic times Pavane escorts the listener to a softly lit secluded space, with music to soothe and salve the mind and body.

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Bebop Spoken Here - Lance Liddle

Paul Higgs is a new name to me although he has such jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather and Dave Gelly, among others, in his corner.
Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for 24 years Higgs also worked with notable names such as Dankworths John and Cleo, Peggy Lee, Al Martino, Buddy Greco, Shorty Rogers and Rosemary Clooney (cited as George Clooney's aunt. I always think of George Clooney as Rosie's nephew!).
An impressive pedigree built upon his acceptance by NYJO at age 14. Bill Ashton, then MD of NYJO, referred to him as "One of the most gifted composers and arrangers ever to have been involved with NYJO" - praise indeed.
Pavane is an album of original compositions that blend the genres of jazz and classical music.
Oh dear, I thought, where have I heard that before?!
I needn't have worried - it works a treat. Incredibly, the end product incorporates just enough of both genres to avoid offending aficionados of either form.
No dirty blues or stratospheric screeching, just pure melodic creation.
At times the Miles/Gil Evans collaborations are fleetingly suggested and tone-wise Chris Botti comes to mind but, overall, this is a triumph for the composer, arranger and trumpet player.
It's neither hot nor cool - just comfortably warm.
On a personal note; my late parents, with whom I had many heated arguments on the jazz v classics issue, would have enjoyed listening to this.

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A new album by Paul Higgs, who is best-known as a trumpet player, but on his Pavane CD he also plays piano, composes all the material, arranges and produces. There are several things that set this album apart from the pack. The first is that the music is great, but not easily categorized (contemporary classical? modern jazz? instrumental showtunes? soundtrack sounds in search of a film? or a bit of all of that?). The second thing is that, unlike most jazz and pop-rock horn players, Higgs does not feel compelled to play fast, uptempo numbers (no boogie or funk or anything like the band Chicago did in their prime). No, generally Higgs plays very slow which gives each drawn-out note much emotionally resonance. This is music with feeling, passion, a heartbeat, an inner spirit.

This would be perfect music to put on at your next dinner party, especially if there are some upper-crust folks in the crowd (people who occasionally go to the symphony or out to plays). Higgs is a class-act just waiting to class up your next get-together. You heard it here first.

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Blessed with superb tone, Higgs’ soundworld on his own compositions exist in Claus Ogerman-meets-Mark Isham-like musical situations, as they’re highly romantic, melodic and communicative. But if someone set words to ‘Clocks’, it would be perfect for a singer such as Christopher Cross. You won’t however find big improvisational flights of fancy or extended solos here as that’s not the point although there is a jazz sensibility at play. ‘Shadows and Desire’ is my pick of the tunes with its Metheny-esque Secret Story-like atmosphere, and the album may well also appeal to listeners who
dip in and out of light classical music as much as they do styles of jazz that have their compass set firmly from the example of the early balladic side of Miles Davis onwards. The exposition of the themes, very strong movie-quality ones at that, and their decorative interpretation, is the preferred approach, whether it’s heard in the light classical style of ‘Crystalline’ or the sentimental ‘The Glow of Evening.’ SG

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Buzz Music

There is a new CD out (called Pavane) by Paul Higgs, one of the Englands top trumpet players. He has a beautiful smooth flowing tone, writes lovely melodies, and plays with excellent musicians. But the interesting thing about this instrumental all-acoustic recording is that Higgs plays so slowly, gently and emotionally which allows the music to work as new age, neo-classical and gentle jazz.

Higgs has always moved with ease between the worlds of stage-play music (UK National Theatre), jazz, classical, new age music, film and television scores, and Peggy Lee-era pop music. You will hear a bit of all of this in his music, but mostly it is simply beautiful music that has widespread appeal.

Higgs also performs all the piano parts on the CD, and he is pretty darn good at that too.

So take a listen and treat yourself to some wonderful instrumental music.

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Midwest Record

Here we find ourselves with a world class trumpet player that we're not familiar with and would like to be. One of those cats that can mix jazz and classical into a well simmered brew, this isn't like the 50s take on jazz/classical. Modern without going new age along the way, this is simply fine music deftly and expertly presented. Tasty throughout setting a new highwater mark for sitting down music in general, Higgs seems like he can play anything and be on the money at all times. Not a hell raiser and not easy listening, this is a fine example of first class stuff by a first class guy.

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Gigs & News


7th October 2017 - Rebop - Horace at Southwold jazz club

12th October 2017 - with Ross Mitchell, International Ballroom dancing championships at The Royal Albert Hall.

31st October 2017 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Canterbury Festival

8th November 2017 - Chris Ingham - Nicole Henry Tour - Shoreham Ropetackle.

9th November 2017 - Chris Ingham - Nicole Henry Tour - Cambridge.

10th November 2017 - **LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL** - Chris Ingham - Nicole Henry Tour - St James Theatre, London.

11th November 2017 - **LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL** - Chris Ingham - Nicole Henry Tour - James Theatre, London.

14th November 2017 - **LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL** - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Crazy Coqs, London.

15th November 2017 - **LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL** - Chris Ingham and Rebop. London Jazz Festival, St James Theatre, London.

16th Novemeber 2017 - Shades of Miles, Eltham Warren Golf Club, Bexley

19th November 2017 - Que Pasa, at Clare, Suffolk.

23rd November 2017 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Nottingham Jazz Club.

27th November 2017 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Bexley Jazz Club

1st December 2017 - Shades of Miles with Tony Totts - The Good Intent, Rochester.

7th December 2017 - The Bull Colchester with Chris Allard and Elmer Van De Hoek

8th December 2017 - Simon Brown Quintet - Beyond Cantaloupe, Saffron Hall.

14th December 2017 - Cult Tv. Jazz - The Bassment, Chelmsford Website

22nd December 2017 - Chris Ingham's Rebop at the Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds


12th January 2018 - Shades Of Miles - with Chris Ingham, George Double and Jerome Davies - Chichester Jazz Club Website

17th January 2018 - with Carol Braithwaite, Southend.

2nd February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Ipswich,St Peter's by the Waterfront.Website

4th February 2018 - Jazz at the Woolpack with Graeme Culham. Website

7th February 2018 - "The Spice of Life" luchtime session with Sara Dowling and Martin Guy

9th February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Wakefield Jazz Festival.

14th February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Harwich Electric Theatre. Website

15th February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - The Castle, Wellingborough.

18th February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - The Stables, Wavendon. Website

20th February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Fleet Jazz Club with Marianne Windham. Website

24th February 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - The Radlett Arts Centre. Website

4th March 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Colchester Arts Centre Website

5th March 2018 - Shades Of Miles - Bexley Jazz Club - with Chris Ingham, George Double and Jerome Davies.

8th March 2018 - Chris Ingham's Rebop - The Music of Horace Silver - St James Theatre London (now called "The Other Place")

9th March 2018 - Chris Ingham - Hoagy - Illminster

23rd March 2018 - Chris Ingham's Rebop - The Music of Horace Silver - Codsall Community Arts Festival.

29th March 2018 - A Brief History Of Jazz - Diss jazz Club - with Chris Ingham, George Double.

7th April 2018 - The music of Miles Davis with Chris Ingham's Rebop. - Hadleigh Jazz Club Suffolk Website

10th April 2018 - Pavane at St Martin-in-the-fields, London. Free lunchtime concert 1pm - 1.45pm. Website

11th April 2018 The Spice Of Life, London - 12.30pm-2.30pm with Tracey Mendham.

18th April 2018 A Brief history of Jazz - Swing Unlimited Jazz Club, Bournmouth. Website

4th May 2018 Cult Tv. Jazz - with Crissy Lee - Peldon Community Hall Website

8th May 2018 - Chris Ingham - The Jazz of Dudley Moore - Pizza Express, Dean Street.

20th May 2018 Pavane - Ipswich Jazz Club. Website

27th May 2018 Dan Banks - Rettendon.

5th June 2018 A Brief History Of Jazz - Olney Jazz Club.Website


Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister

Paul's composition for Mel Brimfield at the Whitechapel Gallery.
A new commission for the Government Art Collection was on display at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brimfield's 4' 33" (Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister) is a playful interactive sculpture that takes as its starting point the experimental music and performances of John Cage and British athlete Roger Bannister's fourth-placed position in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. A multi-layered score with echoes of everything from the British National Anthem to BBC TV's Ski Sunday theme tune has been specially composed for the project."

There's a big red button to press, which causes a klaxon and various bells to sound, Then the pianola automatically plays a "tune" based on Bannister's race at the Helsinki Olympics, breaking into snippets of the various national anthems of whoever was leading at that particular time into the race.

A 1920s Steck pianola, a 'ball run' incorporating percussion instrument and musical horns combine to play a composition inspired by the athletes' performance in the race and the experimental music of John Cage.

The work celebrates the 1952 Helsinki Olympic race where British athlete Roger Bannister came fourth -- just missing out on a medal -- but spurring him on in his goal of breaking the four-minute mile two years later.

"I think there's something quite British about noble striving rather than success," said Ms Brimfield. "I wanted to make some sort of monument to that and this is the story of this race."


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