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Earlier this year, Nigel released Nigel Price Organ Trio - Live! the follow up to his 2005’s Fool’s Gold release. The album was recorded at three venues during a UK tour in April and May 2009 (Milestones Jazz Club, Hotel Hatfield, Lowestoft; The Bull’s Head, Barnes; and Dereham Jazz Society, The Lakeside Country Club, Norfolk). The album once again featured support by Pete Whittaker on organ and Matt Home on drums, the live album format capturing perfectly the energetic spirit of this gritty three piece. Fellow distinctive jazz guitarist, Jim Mullen, describes the new album thus: Nigel’s trio has been together for five years and in organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Matt Home he has players who bring this hard swinging session to life. To my ears Nigel takes as his starting point as the Wes Montgomery Trio with Mel Rhyne on organ - an underrated group which brought Wes to the attention of the jazz world. The set kicks off with Buddy Montgomery’s Bock to Bock, a minor key swinger which sets out their stall. Keeping it in the Montgomery family, next up is brother Wes’s classic Jingles, with a beautiful crisp solo from Nigel and some great Matt Home exchanges where he echoes Roy Haynes and Philly Joe. Organist Pete Whittaker shines in a fresh take on My Favourite Things, and Nigel’s solo comes on like a homage to Wes and Grant Green. On the moving Angel Eyes, Nigel gives a masterclass in chord melody ballad playing. Nigel’s funky Mozambique looks fondly back to the bluesy history of the Hammond. The album’s second Wes tune, the up tempo S.O.S, has Nigel at his most exciting, with great lines pouring out effortlessly, chorus after chorus. When Sunny Gets Blue has another chord melody intro before Nigel takes off on a lyrical flight of fancy. Finally, Duke Ellington’s Cottontail has Nigel in stunning form at a take-no-prisoners tempo, where Pete more than holds his own and Matt keeps the fires burning. Surrey born, bred and based, Nigel Price picked up the guitar aged 11, and spent the next seven years playing in school bands/rock bands until he joined the British Army as an infantry soldier. After four long, arduous (and colourful years) he left, moving to Brighton where he discovered fusion and jazz, trained as a sound engineer and picked up where he left off with live outfits. Moving back to Surrey, he formed more adventurous funk and fusion outfits, touring Europe and eventually becoming immersed in modern jazz. A chance meeting with Acid Jazz guru Chris Bangs led to a busy recording schedule and a long-term partnership spawning many funk and jazz recordings. Nigel is now a well established member of the jazz community and is an in-demand sideman, as well as leading his own groups; he prefers the organ/drums/guitar combo, but is versatile enough to feel comfortable in a variety of musical scenarios. His blend of flowing bebop lines, blues feeling and the will to swing has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences. His discography is large and his playing can be heard on a multitude of acid jazz, funk and dance records from the last ten years, including The Quiet Boys, Yada Yada (with Mick Talbot), Jennifer Lopez, The Herbaliser, Easy Access Orchestra, King Kooba, and others. He’s also been spotted playing with the likes of Pee Wee Ellis, Alex Garnett, Matt Wates, Bobby Wellins, Alec Dankworth, Alan Barnes, Martin Drew, Ben Clatworthy, Dave O’Higgins, Mark Ramsden, Mike Outram, Pete Long, Frank Griffith, Dave Cliff, Dick Pierce, Julian Siegel and many others. Nigel performed with the legendary David Axelrod at the Royal Festival Hall in 2004, and also spent more than two years as the regular guitarist with the Sheena Davis Group. In 2005 he returned to his jazz funk roots and spent three years with the UK's leading jazz funk band, JTQ. Nigel is currently a member of The Filthy Six, a Blue Note-esque band spearheading the 21st anniversary revival of the acclaimed Acid Jazz label. Nigel also plays in a west coast jazz trio with Matt Wates and Julian Bury.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
01328 863511 (Dereham Jazz Society)
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