“He is rightly acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest contemporary jazz musicians” - The Observer
“I'm delighted to sign as exciting a musician as Dave O'Higgins to Big City - Dave is one of the most engaging and hardest working guys I know, and the album is just magnificent." So says Alan Bates, CEO of Candid Records, about UK sax star Dave O'Higgins, whose distinctive funky sound and melodic grooves - from Be-bop to Jungle Bossa have found a new home with Candid's Big City label.
Dave explains: "When I was first working on material for Grinders Monkey, Rajan Hooper from the Arts Council approached me at a gig in Hull, suggesting that a grander scale project may procure some funding. I considered going down the all-star American band road, but having already trodden that path, considered that perhaps expanding my band and compositional vocabulary may be more of a challenge. Soon after, Jonathan Abbot at Jazz Dev approached me to front a week in Lincoln, operating a 10 strong team of the cream of British jazz players, all of whom had experience in education. This gave me the perfect opportunity to write for a new 10 piece band of my choice, with a brief to try to capture the spirit of (rather than parody) the history of jazz. I decided to do this in a original format, drawing on elements of New Orleans 2nd line grooves through jazz, funk, Latin and whatever. I ended up writing for 3 months and was very pleased with the result, recording while it was still 'hot' thanks to financial assistance from the Peter Whittingham Awards. It was then, just as I was wondering what to do with the music that Alan Bates and I started talking - and here’s the result"
The Big Shake Up features Dave O'Higgins on tenor, alto and soprano saxes, Martin Shaw on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mark Nightingale on trombone, Alex Garnett on bartitone sax and flute, Oren Marshall on tuba, Mike Outram on guitar, Jim Watson on piano, organ, wurlitzer and moog, Sam Burgess on bass, Winston Clifford on drums and scat vocals and Pete Eckford on percussion.
All tunes composed, arranged and produced by Dave O'Higgins