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Derek Nash: Snapshot (2009)

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Derek Nash: Snapshot Despite releasing seven albums with his jazz/funk/fusion bands Sax Appeal and Protect The Beat, and a previous solo album, Setting New Standards (Jazzizit, 2000), British saxophonist Derek Nash remains something of an unsung hero. He has, perhaps, been engaged in such a diversity of projects—playing with pianist Jools Holland
Jools Holland
b.1958
's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, running his Clowns Pocket Studio, and helping manage the Jazzizit label with singer Trudy Kerr
Trudy Kerr
Trudy Kerr
b.1963
—that he doesn't have the time or single-minded focus to work on his own profile.



Nash is also an A-list session man whose in concert credits include guitarist Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
b.1945
guitar
, singers Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum

vocalist
, Bob Dorough
Bob Dorough
Bob Dorough
b.1923
piano
and Mavis Staples, and saxophonists Bobby Wellins
Bobby Wellins
Bobby Wellins
b.1936
sax, tenor
and Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
b.1960
saxophone
. On top of all this, he's a busy recording engineer (awarded a gold disc for his work on Cullum's 2003 Candid album, Pointless Nostalgic).



Snapshot is, indirectly, a product of Nash's engineering work. Finding himself in early 2007 with an unexpected free afternoon at Clowns Pocket, where he was engineering a Trudy Kerr album, with a band that was already warmed up he pulled out some charts that he uses on his "guest with the house band" gigs, and recorded these nine tunes. Three hours later Snapshot was completed.



It's a warm and amiable album, featuring a string of fine solos from Nash—who plays tenor, alto, soprano and baritone—and pianist Jan Lundgren

Jan Lundgren
Jan Lundgren
b.1966
piano
with sterling support from bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Steve Brown
Steve Brown
Steve Brown
b.1890
. And while it may not travel to many unexpected places, it's a lively and engaging ride. There are covers of Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
1930 - 1986
sax, tenor
's "Soul Station," Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
's "Farmer's Trust" and Grover Washington, Jr.
Grover Washington, Jr.
Grover Washington, Jr.
1943 - 1999
saxophone
's "Winelight" and the standards "Falling In Love With Love" (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart), "Polka Dots And Moonbeams" (Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke) and "I'm Glad There Is You" (Jimmy Dorsey and Paul Madeira). Neil Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'" is given a hard swinging workout, Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
's "Five Brothers" is heard in an attractive arrangement by Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
b.1934
piano
, and there's the little known Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
tune "My Love," from the Sacred Concerts series.



Seamless as the set is, the highlights are probably "Soul Station," which Nash approaches with a breezy, rough hewn energy more reminiscent of Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
1908 - 1975
sax, alto
than its composer, and "My Love," given tender handling on soprano. An album to kick back with and enjoy on its own, unpretentious terms.


Track Listing: Soul Station; Winelight; Farmer's Trust; Falling In Love With Love; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; Li'l Darlin'; My Love; Five Brothers; I'm Glad There Is You.

Personnel: Derek Nash: tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxophones; Jan Lundgren: piano; Geoff Gascoyne: bass; Steve Brown: drums.

Record Label: Jazzizit

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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