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Seb Pipe, Seb Pipe's Life Experience

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01/12/2007 Claire Martin and Jack Massarik

"I'm impressed..this is good stuff...it is deep"
- BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-up

 

17/11/2007 Chris Parker (Vortex Jazz Club)

This self-produced eponymous album by alto player Seb Pipe and his quartet was recorded at the 606 Club in February 2007 and was partly funded by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Pipe lists his musical interests as rooted in 'the African Diaspora, the Balkans and the Far East', and his saxophone teachers include Jean Toussaint, Steve Coleman and Julian Arguelles. The strongest of these influences on the music and playing on this lively, pleasingly varied album is possibly Coleman; the American M-Base pioneer's slippery, endlessly inventive, attractively nervy sound is apparent on many of Pipe's pieces.

Other traces, however, are also discernible: the tricksy speediness of Balkan music and the odd Eastern timbre can occasionally be heard. Overall, though, this is distinctive, highly original quartet music, addressed with musicianly verve and commitment by the agile Pipe and his energetically responsive band ¨ pianist Arthur Lea, bassist Larry Bartley and Brooklyn-born drummer Chris Vatalaro ¨ and as well as showcasing the leader's strengths as both composer and soloist, the album is a great calling card for a fine, vigorously interactive unit.

 

21/11/2006 Jean Toussaint (Tenor Saxophonist and former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers)

“It is rare to find someone of Seb’s age with such insight and focus in his chosen field. He knows exactly what he wants to do, and what he needs to do to achieve it. Seb is pushing the boundaries and experimenting with some very innovative concepts and I think his efforts are worthy of support because it is individuals like him who move the art form forward. He has his own unique personal style of playing and composing, which is unusual at such a young age, and I guarantee that any investment in this gifted and musical young man will be a sound one – for both Seb as an individual, and for jazz in the UK (and even further, for I am sure he will go very far). “

 

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