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by Roger Farbey
"Canon" opens with precisely that musical device, piano and tenor sax chasing each other around until, changing tempo, the tune cleverly morphs into a moderately-paced melodically memorable number. Pianist Kit Downes offers some truly swinging piano followed by Sam Crockatt on articulate tenor saxophone, perhaps redolent in tone of the late Booker Ervin. Both funky and boppy The Masterplan" benefits from an engaging rhythm held down by James Maddren's drums and some fast hairpin changes. Oli Hayhurst leads off on ...read more
by Bruce Lindsay
The Sam Crockatt Quartet's first album, Howeird (Loop Records, 2008), garnered much critical praise, and won Best Album in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Its second album, Flood Tide, therefore, has a lot to live up to, so it's to this young quartet's credit that Flood Tide keeps up the early momentum, with a combination of great original tunes and tight, imaginative musicianship. There's one change to the quartet that appeared on the debut recording, with Kit ...read more
by Chris May
Tenor saxophonist Sam Crockatt is a founder member of London's Loop Collective, an association of up and coming musicians linked in philosophy and purpose to the city's longer established F-IRE Collective. Several F-IRE musicians--saxophonists Ingrid Laubrock and Finn Peters, trumpeter Tom Arthurs, drummer Seb Rochford, and cellist Ben Davis amongst them--are already major league bandleaders on the British scene, and some Loop members seem certain to join them before too long. Pianist Alcyona Mick's trio recently released the quietly spectacular ...read more