THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET

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THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET

Darius Brubeck (piano)

Dave O’Higgins (saxes)

Matt Ridley (bass)

Wesley Gibbens (drums)

Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, the quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging.  Darius, while known for representing his famous father’s musical legacy and for his work in South Africa, is an imaginative jazz composer and performing his compositions is an important reason for the group’s popularity.  Following the success of “Cathy’s Summer”, the Quartet released a second album   “Years Ago” at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in February, 2017 and toured Israel in June as well as concerts all around the UK.

Reviewing “Years Ago”, Peter Bacon writes, “The album is also a time of reflection within this band which has now been together for 10 years, and they sound marvellously at home and in tune with each other.” Jazzwise, April, 2017

Some earlier reviews :

“The combination of Brubeck & O’Higgins is certainly among the best piano/sax partnerships in the UK.”   Jazzwise, May 2015

Darius Brubeck —- “weaved his magic and put a satisfied smile on the faces of the audience —— Brubeck’s combo drummer Wesley Gibbens and double bass player Matt Ridley, had the suitable groove and swing down pat – whether the journey led to an ancient standard, another Ellington classic or the thoroughly worth listening to original compositions by Darius Brubeck. The evening was worth a recommendation purely because of the magnificent Dave O’Higgins alone.  

Saarbrücker Zeitung, November 12, 2015

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Scarborough Jazz Festival

“The Darius Brubeck Quartet opened with Blue Rondo A La Turk and continued with a mix of Dave Brubeck numbers and catchy originals including  Cathy’s Summer. Brubeck has an easy conversational rapport with the audience —-the chemistry of this quartet has to be seen live to be appreciated. With Dave O’Higgins on sax, Matt Ridley on double bass, Wesley Gibben on drums and of course Brubeck on piano this band never fails to delight. They closed with a majestic delivery of Take Five to rousing applause from the Grand Hall’s capacity audience.” Brian Payne, Jazz Journal, October, 2015

“Overall, the gig was a clear success and vindicated Brubeck’s decision to present an album largely of originals.”   Jamie Fyffe, Jazzwise, at the launch of Cathy’s Summer, January 2015 

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