New Quercus record is here…..

Really excited to have our second CD for ECM. Here’s the cover art and a review from the Guardian. More info on the ECM website here

Nightfall

John Fordham Thursday 27th April 2017

Quercus: Nightfall review – jazz-folk fusions full of quiet surprises

 

The austere and shadowy eloquence of the incomparable folk singer June Tabor has sometimes been escorted by Loose Tubes saxophonist Iain Ballamy alongside Tabor’s regular jazz-piano partner Huw Warren, and as the trio Quercus they were deservedly cheered for their eponymously named 2013 debut on ECM. This fine successor similarly mixes traditional English folk songs (The Manchester Angel, Once I Loved You Dear (The Irish Girl), The Cuckoo) with reappraisals of some timeless mainstream favourites. Warren sketches a jazz-ballad accompaniment around Tabor’s rich low tones and wistful upturns on Auld Lang Syne, and both the singer’s long sounds and Ballamy’s haunting tenor sax echo the cries of seabirds on the shipwreck song On Berrow Sands. The Cuckoo mixes a playful bounce with darker implications of infidelity, and a slowly rocking Don’t Think Twice sounds as immediate as if Tabor had just thought of it – with a gentle venom – “You just kind of wasted my precious time.” Another Quercus set with not a sound out of place, but a wealth of quiet surprises just the same.

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April Newsletter………

April 22nd Blue Sky Bangor 8pm
Brazilian Jazz Night 

Huw Warren Piano
Steve Berry Bass
Zoot Warren Drums

Venue info and online booking here

April 28th – New Quercus Record released on ECM

Very pleased to announce that the new Quercus recording Nightfall will be  released on April 28th.

Our next concerts are:
May 9th – Oxford Contemporay Music, Oxford
May10th – Kings Place London