THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET
Darius Brubeck (piano)
Dave O’Higgins (saxes)
Matt Ridley (bass)
Wesley Gibbens (drums)
In November of last year, the DBQ returned to Poland 60 years after the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet became the first American jazz group to play there in 1958. Darius and his musicians reprised that original multi-city tour and a live recording will be forthcoming. The DBQ had an eventful 2018, performing in Sicily and Poland for the first time and were also featured in the London Jazz Festival.
Building on the popularity and critical success of their previous CDs, Cathy’s Summer and Years Ago, this group, having played together for 12 years, consistently earns standing ovations. Concerts always include Darius Brubeck compositions, South African jazz, and certain ever-popular Dave Brubeck hits, although they are flexible enough to present themed performances, as they did at last year’s Bernstein Festival in Chichester. Their mutual understanding and interaction is always a pleasure to see and hear and their acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging.
Tim Dickeson had this to say in JAZZWISE, “Darius showed without doubt that he is a highly accomplished pianist and composer-but Dave O’Higgins must take huge credit for his contribution (as should Ridley & Gibbens) – as the combination of Brubeck and O’Higgins is certainly among the best piano/sax partnerships in the UK.” Clearly audiences feel this is still the case.
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At the Liverpool Jazz Festival: “In between masterfully played tunes we enjoyed conversation and memoirs from Darius as he charmed us with stories and interesting dialogue, whilst throughout the performance we were captivated by the men in suits on stage who oozed class and charisma.” La Vida Liverpool, 2019
At the London Jazz Festival: “The Darius Brubeck Quartet paid homage to the family business while at the same time demonstrating qualities and inspirations unique to themselves.” London Jazz News November 2018, read full review.
“The combination of Brubeck & O’Higgins is certainly among the best piano/sax partnerships in the UK.” Jazzwise,
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 marvelously at home and in tune with each other.” Jazzwise, April, 2017
At Saarbrucken Jazz Festival: 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, 2015
At 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 Gibbens 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, 2015.
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