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Dylan Howe

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Line-up: DH - Drums Quentin Collins - Trumpet Brandon Allen - Tenor Sax Ross Stanley - Piano Aidan O'Donnell - Double Bass Jazzwise Magazine October 2006: “It’s too easy to file Howe and his splendid quintet in some kind of purist, born again Blue Note mode. All three of Howe’s releases have drawn deeply on the hard bop tradition of the 1950’s & 60’s - meditated as much through Tracey & Wellins and Ray’s Jazz Shop as it is descended from Blakey & Hancock. But Translation is no nostalgia trip: indeed it’s pointedly full of material written entirely by the band themselves. This is contemporary, fresh energetic jazz played with brio and luxuriant swing that makes it music of today even as it nods obligingly to days long gone. Although the band has gone through several changes (only Collins remains from 2004 This Is It) Howe, in his own puckish way generates both an intimacy and an energy within the band, each member has his own voice, Collins fierce ’n’ fiery, Allen intense and broody, Stanley romantic but ever in control - while Howe has that gift not only of swing, but to play oh, so quietly, making you listen to his very restraint, as he encourages his family of drums to talk together. All of which means the band can sigh together through a beauteous but melancholic ballad such as ‘Can We Whisper’ or rollick through the raucous joys of ‘Teeni’ or ‘Starting Out’ with equal aplomb. Just file under a bloody good night out.” Andy Robson The Observer Sunday 30th July 2006: “A single live set, highly concentrated and phenomenally energetic, captures this young band at its peak. It consists of 10 originals, recorded at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club, and the style is essentially a contemporary variant of hard bop. What sets it apart is the remarkable cohesion of the whole band - the tight blend of Quentin Collins's trumpet and Brandon Allen's tenor saxophone, Howe's needle-sharp drum fills and that indefinable sense of occasion which comes when a band knows it is working at the top of its form. This, the quintet's second album, marks a distinct advance on last year's very promising debut.” Dave Gelly The Guardian Friday September 1, 2006: “Howe favours a cool and canny reappraisal of the succinctly soulful style of 1960s Blue Note hard bop, but this is a set of originals, not covers. Recorded live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho a year ago, the session foregrounds a strong front line featuring the flamboyant, bright-toned trumpeter Quentin Collins, and the gravelly, laid-back tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen. It gets down to business with the up-tempo swinger ‘Teeni’, a swaggering Art Blakey Messengers groove. Howe knows exactly how the dynamics and drama of this idiom are supposed to work, and he proves himself to be a sophisticated composer of slow tone-poetry with evocative harmonic shifts on Can We Whisper? There's a looseness reminiscent of Miles's 1960s ensemble on the freewheeling Hello Number Seven. And some of the trumpet/sax counterpoint on Quentin Collins's Linda Bonita is more than a cut above the average hardbop tribute band.” John Fordham The Independent on Sunday 27/08/06: “Sharply dressed modal & bop from drummer Howe’s cracking quintet, with Brandon Allen on tenor sax and Quentin Collins on trumpet. The style of music has been done before, but it’s done so well on the 10 original tunes - all recorded live at Soho’s Pizza Express last year - that you’re more bothered to find out where they’re playing next. Collins’ “Linda Bonita” is a case in point: a noir-ish, mid-tempo theme owing something to Monk and Mingus in conception, plus intense trumpet and some great ensemble blowing.” Phil Johnson The Standard CD OF THE WEEK JAZZ 01.09.06:“Though flourishing everywhere from Italy to Finland, neo-bop remains elusive in London, where every young player seems to be mixing English folk or choral strains into the music instead of creating a good deep groove. Drummer Dylan Howe is the exception. Raised by his rock-star father Steve on a diet of Art Blakey and Philly Joe Jones, he now handles the Blue Note genre with ease. So does his handpicked group, with trumpeter Quentin Collins, pianist Ross Stanley, bassist Aidan O'Donnell and Australian tenorist Brandon Allen. All except O'Donnell contribute originals that suit the quintet's ethos, and their in-performance ni Jazz Review Magazine October / November 2006: “Recorded live in Soho, Volume One, as the subtitle states. Two dates were captured, and represent the quintet at the end of their autumn tour, musculature toned, and the Pizza Express atmosphere perfectly captured. These were clearly nights of exceeded energy levels, with Dylan Howe’s combo engorged by the rush of hard-bop fluids. Brash, extroverted, tough- hitting, these dudes are clearly inspired by Art Blakey, or on these shores, Tommy Chase. Sling in a shot of John Coltrane, for the sections of spiritualised stretching out, and the formula’s set. Yes, despite all of this tunes being originals, and from various combinations of the band members, the material does sound fairly similar throughout. Any harsh criticism is escaped simply because this is such an exhilarating mix. Being a drummer leader, Howe climaxes the first two numbers with his own soloing, but then recedes from the limelight later, allowing ample space for the horns, Quentin Collins and Brandon Allen complementing each other with a harmonically and tonally pleasurable closeness. Separately, they’re equally impressive, both arcing up a scale of intense development, full of ideas and crackling with sonic magnetism (is such a concept possible?) There is only one ballad, Volume 2 promises a devotion to standards. Anticipation is high...” Martin Longley

*****

That's what I'm talking about!

Amazing musicians with brilliant feeling

This is a top class hard bop record. This sturdy set from a live gig in London's Dean Street captures the quintet at its effortless best.

Translation, Vol. 1 (Recorded Live In Soho), Dylan Howe
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 10 July 2006

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