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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave O'Higgins: Fast Foot Shuffle

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The idea of an album conceived for a jazz dance group may set alarm bells ringing for many. Whilst Fast Foot Shuffle was written for the talented JazzCotech Dancers, preconceptions and fears that the music may have been compromised in some way are soon waylaid as one listens to O'Higgins' lively collection of reworked standards and self-penned tunes.

In addition to his regular quintet, O'Higgins enlists the help of Pete Eckford on decks and percussion, plus trombonist Barnaby ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Dave O'Higgins Biggish Band: Big Shake Up

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British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins’ Biggish Band is what we used to call a tentet — but the ensemble is having so much fun playing his picturesque and always interesting charts on Big Shake Up that we won’t hold it against him. O’Higgins the composer draws on a number of influences from traditional and contemporary Jazz to funk, rock, Latin and whatever else enters his quick and resourceful mind. The music he writes is always rhythmic and consistently melodic; in other ...