The Julian Argüelles Quartet The University Of York October 12, 2013 Saxophonist Julian Argüelles grew up in Birmingham, spent much of his career in London and can now be found stomping around the coastal village of Belhaven in Scotland. Over the years, he's developed an ongoing relationship with The University Of York, on both the teaching and performance fronts. This gig gave Argüelles the opportunity to present his current youthfully spry cohorts, nearing the end of their tour and preparing to record a newly-composed suite. He was joined by pianist Kit Downes (now ...read more
Following fast on the delicately wrought solo album Inner Voices (Tone Of A Pitch, 2008), on which Julian Arguelles played a panoply of overdubbed saxophones, clarinets and flutes, here's a more extrovert outing from the lyrical and emotionally engaged British reed player. Momenta was made with the 16-piece Frankfurt Radio Bigband, and has the added bonus of rising star Gwilym Simcock, more usually associated with the saxophonist Tim Garland, as featured pianist.
During the 1980s, Arguelles spent four years as a member of the fondly remembered, prankster-ish, 21-piece British band Loose Tubes, the finishing school for several other ...read more
If a solo album by a saxophonist sounds a little dry and rigorous ... wait! Julian Arguelles' Inner Voices dodges any such preconceptions, delivering instead a melodic, foot-tapping hour of gentle, feel-good music. An album it closely resembles isn't in fact a solo saxophone album at all, but fellow British reed player Finn Peters' mellifluous Butterflies (Accidental, 2008), an engaging confection of strong tunes played by close-harmonized flutes and saxophones over supple motor rhythms, in which the jazz tradition is tempered by folkish, especially African, influences.
Arguelles achieves the same full-bodied, layered arrangements as Peters did with a ...read more
Partita, the sixth CD to come out under the leadership of Julian Argüelles, consists of fifteen tracks occupying less than 48 minutes, and over half of them don't even top the two-minute mark. Argüelles concentrates more or less exclusively on his tenor sax for the longer tracks, while the snippets are literally too short to merit prolonged discussion. It all makes for frustrating listening.
The meditative air of the relatively extended Warm Winter Coat Of Spruce features Argüelles overdubbing various reed parts, and while the piece does reveal a lyrical heart, it also has the curious effect of highlighting just ...read more