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Lucky Boys

Artist: Tim Whitehead

Date of Release: 24/02/2006

Catalogue no: 777

Label: Homemade

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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LUCKY BOYS (Tim Whitehead)

8.12

2

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DES JOURS MEILLEURS (Giovanni Mirabassi)

6.32

3

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IMAGINE (John Lennon/arr. Tim Whitehead)

9.59

4

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YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (Don Raye/Gene De Paul)

8.16

5

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NEW DAY (Tim Whitehead)

10.25

6

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BARCAROLE (Giovanni Mirabassi)

9.43

7

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LADIES IN MERCEDES (Steve Swallow)

3.23

8

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TENDERNESS (Tim Whitehead)

6.05

9

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TOT OU TARD (Giovanni Mirabassi)

10.25

 

 

 

 

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Giovanni Mirabassi

"Listening to the final mixes, I'm struck by the debt of gratitude we owe to Chris Lewis, our brilliant engineer and essential collaborator in all HomeMade enterprises, for the talent, commitment and humanity described in his work.

We recorded this album with the uniquely gifted Italian pianist and composer Giovanni Mirabassi, after our paths crossed. There was a genuine opportunity of an exchange on many levels between Giovanni, myself, Milo and Oli, which we all enjoyed and which I hope is evident here.

Lucky Boys was inspired by Dancin’ In The Street (which we recorded on Personal Standards HMR 047). In Loose Tubes (a co-operative big band of 22 people) my old friend Dave de Fries used to say “Let’s dance together before we make decisions” - it’s enjoyable and spiritual, not planning every move, a celebration of life. Milo’s spontaneous humour fuels his intro and the trading at the end.

Des Jours Meilleurs has all the classic characteristics of a Mirabassi composition. Sounds deceptively simple, well constructed, shifts restlessly from one key to another, and is essentially a song with a human cry.

Imagine and You Don’t Know What Love Is was the centrepiece of the last gig of our first tour, recorded in St Cyprian’s Church, Marylebone in London. As we listened to the tracks, Giovanni said to me “Sometimes we are the lucky boys”. That’s what I was thinking.

The spirit of New Day for me is renewal, one of the best abilities all humans have. We were unsure until midday of the 8th July whether we would be performing in the heart of London following the bombings on the London underground the day before, and it is because Giovanni said “I’m coming anyway” (from Paris) and because everyone involved, including the audience, carried on, that we captured in live performance the unique atmosphere of that day which exudes from Giovanni’s searching, questioning piece Barcarole.

Ladies in Mercedes is for my dancing daughter Maisie.

When Giovanni and I play Tenderness we both think of our children.

Tot ou Tard is Giovanni’s grooving edge with another celebration on the playout.


Sometimes we are the Lucky Boys".


Tim Whitehead

Tim Whitehead tenor saxophone
Giovanni Mirabassi piano
Milo Fell drums
Oli Hayhurst double bass
Produced by Tim Whitehead
Co-produced by Chris Lewis and Milo Fell
Engineered by Chris Lewis
Mastered by Chris Lewis at 17 Studios
Recorded live at Temple Music London 29th April 2005
except 1 St Cyprian’s Church Marylebone
London 26th Jan 2005 and Purcell Room
Southbank Centre London July 8th 2005


 

Reviews

 

20/03/2006 Chris Parker

With such an examplary cv (Graham Collier, Morrissey-Mullen, Loose Tubes and various projects involving the likes of John Parricelli, Harry Beckett and Martin Drew), Tim Whitehead might be reasonably expected to be one of the most assured tenormen in the UK, and this album, on which he collaborates with the classy Paris-based Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, catches him in top form, whether he’s employing a full-bodied, almost shouting tone on up-tempo numbers, an earnest ‘preaching’ approach at mid-tempo or musing dreamily through the odd ballad (particularly affecting on his own ‘Tenderness’). Mirabassi proves the perfect foil (his rapport with Whitehead most obvious on a duo live visit to ‘Imagine’), his absorbing solos full of chiming, melodious runs and his comping packed with subtle rhythmic variations. The material addressed by this accomplished band (completed by bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Milo Fell) also includes some brightly optimistic Whitehead pieces (‘Lucky Boys’ a perky, shuffling opener based on ‘Dancing in the Street’, already covered on Whitehead’s 1999 album Personal Standards, ‘New Day’ a catchy theme with a climactic ending); three Mirabassi originals (‘Barcarole’, an eloquent, rippling theme, a particular highlight); Steve Swallow’s relentlessly building ‘Ladies in Mercedes’, plus a gorgeous visit to ‘You Don’t Know What Love is’, but whatever they’re playing is addressed with brio and elegance. A fine, varied, lively album from four musicians who clearly revel in each other’s company.

 

17/03/2006 John Fordham, The Guardian 4 Stars ****

There's an earthiness mixing with the lyricism in UK saxophonist Tim Whitehead's playing that suggests he might just jump on a bar and start rocking. Dancing in the Street is apparently the inspiration for the soul-jazzy opener, and the same atmosphere reappears after pensive beginnings in an account of John Lennon's Imagine and the early-Jarrett drive of gifted Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi's vivid Barcarole.
Some of the music was recorded on this Anglo-Italian quartet's 2005 UK tour, and a live version of You Don't Know What Love Is almost steals the set, with its sax hoots over restlessly flying piano figures, intertwining group improv, and beautiful Whitehead closing solo of long, falling-cadence lines.

Mirabassi's originals don't flinch alongside classy materials like Steve Swallow's Ladies in Mercedes (on slow pieces the Italian has a bereft, purple-shaded Nino Rota-like quality, and he writes compellingly punchy chordal melodies at speed) and the rhythm section of Oli Hayhurst and Milo Fell doesn't miss a beat.

 

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