Superbrass: Brass Taps (2013)
This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance. While
Some of the more complex material here ("Icebreaker" "Raft of Medusa") is indeed an acquired taste. However, considering the enormous demands placed on these performers, the overall presentation is highly stimulating and enjoyable. The more jazz-infused selections ("Firewater," the hilarious "Enormous Pink Jellyfish," "Wade in the Water") demonstrate the outstanding versatility, talentand overall good humorof Superbrass. They can swing, too. It's important to note that there's a significant vibrancy imbued across the selections. Even the more reserved pieces ("Deep River") are robustly invigorating and beautiful. Furthermore, Argente's liner selection descriptions help add a little descriptive zing to this already bravura performance.
Track Listing: Icebreaker; Firewater; Inchcolm; Enormous Pink Jellyfish; Highforce; Wade in the Water; Underground Plumbin Blues; The Healing Stream; Flood Warning; Deep River; Raft of Medusa.
Personnel: Captain Roger Argente: trombone; Philip Cobb: trumpet; Niall Keatley: trumpet; Mike Lovatt: trumpet; Paul Mayes: trumpet; Chris Houlding: trombone; Matt Gee: trombone; Andy Wood: trombone; Chris Parkes: French horn; Kevin Morgan: tuba; Mike Smith: drums; Kevin Earley: drums, percussion; Mike Doran: drums, percussion; Frank Ricotti: percussion.
Record Label: Self Produced