4

Roger Beaujolais Quartet: Mind The Gap

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Roger Beaujolais Quartet: Mind The Gap Mind The Gap might have been named for the warning dished out thousands of times a day on the London underground, but the rather wonderful music that emanates from the Roger Beaujolais Quartet is better suited as a soundtrack to late night drives along glamorous coastal highways.

Vibraphonist Beaujolais has been an integral part of the UK jazz scene since the '80s in bands such as the Chevalier Brothers, Vibraphonic and his own quintet and quartet—even though he didn't start to play the vibes until he was 24. He's also featured strongly as a sideman with groups as varied as the Tomasso Starace Quartet and Jerry Dammers' Spacial AKA. His brightly-toned vibes playing has the knack of adding sparkle and warmth to any ensemble and that feeling shines out across the tunes on Mind The Gap. His quartet, featuring pianist Robin Aspland, bassist Simon Thorpe and drummer Winston Clifford, shares a lineup with the Modern Jazz Quartet but approaches its music from a lighter, less reverential perspective.

While the overall sensation this music generates is upbeat and life-affirming, there's plenty of variety in the sounds. Chick Corea's "Sea Journey" ebbs and flows gracefully, Beaujolais' "Mind The Gap" (on reflection, probably a reference to the spaces on his chosen instrument rather than on the Tube) has a be-bop feel and drives along at a fast but swinging pace. The sound of Beaujolais' vibes gives Thad Jones' "A Child Is Born" a relaxing, dreamlike, quality while the Wes Montgomery pairing of "Full House" and "West Coast Blues" have a cool '60s sophistication.

Three tunes, featuring Oli Savill on percussion, readily betray a Latin influence. "Joe Beam" is the most irresistible of the trio, Savil and Clifford combining to build a sultry groove that's particularly suited to those coastal highway drives.

So, top down, stars out, the gentle swoosh of the evening tide and Mind The Gap on the car stereo. Perfect.


Track Listing: Full House; Vera Cruz; West Coast Blues; Mind The Gap; Sea Journey; A Child Is Born; Joe Beam; Bad Connection; Estate.

Personnel: Roger Beaujolais: vibraphone; Robin Aspland: piano; Simon Thorpe: double bass; Winston Clifford: drums; Oli Savill: percussion (2, 7, 8).

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Stay Tuned Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Metal Na Madeira" CD/LP/Track Review Metal Na Madeira
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "April" CD/LP/Track Review April
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "The River" CD/LP/Track Review The River
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "Kronix" CD/LP/Track Review Kronix
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 27, 2016
Read "Heavy Feel" CD/LP/Track Review Heavy Feel
by Doug Collette
Published: May 21, 2016
Read "88" CD/LP/Track Review 88
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!