Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

4

The Greg Foat Group: The Greg Foat Group Live at The Playboy Club, London

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
Compare and contrast the cascade of notes from Greg Foat's electric piano with albums featuring keyboardists such as Dave MacRae or Keith Tippett. This set's opener, Erni Clark's obscure minor classic "By The Grace Of God, I Am" recalls a feeling, intentionally similar, to the heady days of the late 1960s and early 1970s which Foat finds most appealing. The short bridging track "Exodus Interlude" with its famous theme and barely a minute in length leads into "Mr Minor" introduced by an obligato bass line working up into an insistent groove embellished by echo-laden brass reminiscent of the early use of echo by Soft Machine. Here the tenor saxophone is augmented to wild degrees by reverberation creating a hypnotic effect.

"Blue Melody" has brass laying down a serene backdrop with piano overlaid and is a gorgeous tribute to its composer, the late folk rock legend, Tim Buckley. Foat's own composition, the feisty "Ingen Reklam" (which in Swedish means "No Advertising") is a totally absorbing track, replete with echoey brass and a groove-laden beat.

The haunting arrangement of the Alan Hawkshaw and John Rostill tune "Madrid" sends a veritable chill down the spine, the brass taking up the melody line followed by a sumptuous flugelhorn solo from Trevor Walker and a robust tenor solo from Rob Mach. Briskly succeeded by another library piece, Keith Mansfield's "Funky Fanfare," it becomes apparent that this group readily thrives on the musical genres which others eschew. On this brilliant track especially, the Foat live sound seems almost to stray into Les McCann / Eddie Harris Swiss Movement territory and Foat's electric piano work here is lithe and vital.

As with the MP3 download, this CD release is accompanied by two bonus tracks, but these are omitted, presumably for reasons of space, from the vinyl release. The first of these extras is a stunningly good version of Tubby Hayes' 1960s classic "Finky Minky," adorned by fiery organ by Foat and some appropriately meaty tenor saxophone. The final track is "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag" by the 1980s British post-punk band Pigbag. The groove here is so intense that it would be challenging for anyone hearing this to remain still.

This is the first live music to be recorded at London's Playboy Club in over forty years and therefore represents something of a historic milestone. Foat's third truly excellent album, effortlessly injects the life and soul back into contemporary jazz.

Track Listing: By The Grace Of God, I Am; Exodus Interlude; Mr Minor; Blue Melody; Ingen Reklam; Madrid; Funky Fanfare; Finky Minky; Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag

Personnel: Greg Foat: electric piano, organ, electronics ; Trevor Walker: trumpet, flugelhorn; Rob Mach: tenor saxophone; Phil Achille: double bass, electric bass; Tony Coote: drums

Title: The Greg Foat Group Live at The Playboy Club, London | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Jazzman Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Drum Solos For Dancers Only CD/LP/Track Review
Drum Solos For Dancers Only
by David A. Orthmann
Published: December 18, 2018
Read Kikoeru - Tribute to Masaya Kimura CD/LP/Track Review
Kikoeru - Tribute to Masaya Kimura
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 18, 2018
Read His Flight's At Ten CD/LP/Track Review
His Flight's At Ten
by John Sharpe
Published: December 18, 2018
Read First Lines CD/LP/Track Review
First Lines
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 18, 2018
Read Live At Cafe Amores CD/LP/Track Review
Live At Cafe Amores
by John Sharpe
Published: December 18, 2018
Read The Tale CD/LP/Track Review
The Tale
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 17, 2018
Read "In Stride" CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: March 26, 2018
Read "Steppin' Up" CD/LP/Track Review Steppin' Up
by Jerry D'Souza
Published: December 28, 2017
Read "Walk The Walk" CD/LP/Track Review Walk The Walk
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 21, 2018
Read "The Asylum Years" CD/LP/Track Review The Asylum Years
by Doug Collette
Published: February 24, 2018
Read "Night" CD/LP/Track Review Night
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 13, 2018
Read "Cosmic Language" CD/LP/Track Review Cosmic Language
by Chris May
Published: May 20, 2018