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Respectable Groove is a contemporary music ensemble with a strong jazz inflection. Their distinctive style and unique instrumentation create an exhilarating synthesis of musical colours from mediæval dance tunes, jazz rhythms, Celtic melodies and dazzling original works.


Reviews

"A dazzling fusion of old and new musics, played with understanding and virtuosity, and further stretching the musical boundaries of jazz" - Patrick Johns BBC Radio 3

“This new album goes to prove that using instruments associated with the musical past is no barrier to producing interesting contemporary jazz.” – Alyn Shipton, BBC

"Wonderful concert, brimming with musicianship and excitement, bringing together the best of the worlds of baroque music and jazz" - Mark Argent, Editor, Early Music News

“[Evelyn Nallen] can play fast, improvised jazz with admirable control of timbre and intonation … pushes the supposed technical and timbral limitations of the instrument to spine-tingling extremes” – John L.Walters of The Guardian

“[David Gordon is] a richly gifted player, with a sparkling style and boundless imagination” - Venue. “A splendidly entertaining composer” - Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

“ … the recording exploits the delicacy of the sounds they use, particularly Tatsuhara's inventive cymbal-work.” – The Guardian



David Gordon: harpsichordist, composer and arranger

David has played harpsichord with several leading baroque orchestras, most recently with the Academy of Ancient Music and also with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the European Baroque Orchestra. He has given baroque recitals with many soloists, including Evelyn Nallen and Andrew Manze. He plays jazz piano with Jacqui Dankworth, the David Gordon Trio, the Theo Travis Quartet, the Christian Garrick Quartet, New Noakes Internationals and Gerard Presencer, amongst many others. With a strong classical training, David works as recitalist and improvising concert pianist and as a pianist for dance groups, e.g., the Royal Academy of Dancing and the London Contemporary Dance School.

David has composed for piano, harpsichord, recorder, jazz and chamber ensembles. “The Alchemist and the Catflap” was a prize-winning composition in 2000 and had over 80 performances within a year of its premiere. David is also pianist and tango arranger for the Gypsy/Tango band “Zum” and gives frequent lectures, workshops and lessons on jazz, improvisation, composition and piano and recorder playing.

Evelyn Nallen: recorders and dance

Evelyn’s performance skills span early, baroque and contemporary music. She has had works written for her by many leading contemporary composers including Roxanna Panufnik, Carl Rutti, Alan Ridout, Alan Langford, David Bedford, David Nicholls, Adrian Williams, Antony Hopkins and David Owen Norris. She has toured in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela and the UK and recorded an acclaimed solo album. Evelyn is a highly respected teacher whose work includes jazz and improvisation workshops for the recorder. She is currently Chair of the European Recorder Teachers Association, is Professor in the Woodwind Department at Colchester Institute and frequently adjudicates in competitions all over the UK. Formerly a champion Irish dancer, Evelyn has performed multimedia works for recorder, voice and movement.

Ichiro Tatsuhara: percussion

Ichiro was a student at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston and still continues his studies of drums and percussions from all over the world. With this truly global perspective, he has played folk, jazz, rock, reggae and indie in bands in the UK & USA with musicians from Captain Sensible to jazz saxophonist Theo Travis. He is currently working with the R& B band Dean Dyson, the Martini Quartet, Zaramba and The Hot Orange Jazz big band. Working with UK DJs led him to Denmark with performances in Copenhagen and Aarhus in recent months. He has just finished helping Danish entertainment group Crazy Daisy to set up live percussion acts at their clubs.

Jeremy Brown: double bass

One of the leading players in the UK, Jeremy works in the bands of Peter King, Gerard Presencer and Christian Garrick. He also performs with pianist Julian Joseph, and has played with superstar pianist Brad Mehldau.

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