Tables and Chairs

Artist: Kevin Figes

Date of Release: 29/04/2013

Catalogue no: PIG 04

Label: pig Records

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Track Listing







Tables and Chairs



Here you are



Scrap Board



New Clothes



For Becky



Fortunately Unfortunately



Last Outpost








Kevin Figes (Saxes)
Jim Blomfield (Piano/Rhodes)
Will Harris (Bass)
Mark Whitlam (drums)

All Compositions Kevin figes




01/05/2013 Robert Shore Jazzwise

Jazzwise Magazine Review May 2013
Tables and Chairs Kevin Figes Quartet three stars
Bristol-based saxman Kevin Figes is the archetypal late starter: he was in his twenties before he
really discovered jazz (Charlie Mariano's contributions on Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
were a major revelation) and got motivated to pick up a horn. Elton Dean then gave him some
coaching; now, two decades on and several albums into his career, Figes is the real deal. His current
quartet features a fluidly funky backline in the shape of Will Harris and Mark Whitlam, who can put
some heat under a tune: the pulsating final section of 'Here you are' wouldn't sound out of place
playing behind a chase sequence in a silent movie. Jim Blomfield adds great colour, especially on
Rhodes: he doesn't waste the opportunity to lay out his wares on piano on 'Last Outpost' either.
Figes himself is a fine shaper of lines and blows with gritty romantic gusto. For the all-original
material here, the leader cites influences including David Binney and Hermeto Pascoal: there's also
a hint of old tutor Dean and Soft Machine in the jazz-rock rhetorical underpinnings of 'New
Robert Shore.


18/04/2013 Jazz Views Euan Dixon

Free –Bop, Soul –Bop, Hard –Bop , Rock and Latino rhythms plus a couple of extended shape shifters; you get the lot on this lively, resourceful set from Kevin Figes and his talented crew. In their accomplished hands the various components of contemporary jazz are assembled with acuity and an intelligent understanding of the traditions from which they emerge making for an impressive example of jazz craftsmen at work.

All compositional credits go to Figes who, as already noted, has put together a varied programme of catchy, optimistic themes and slinky, modal meditations combining deft, exploratory twists and turns with carefully grafted in retro touches. This is particularly evident in the last track, ‘Hability’ where he takes up his baritone and blows a testosterone fuelled line reminiscent of Pepper Adams. On alto he inhabits similar territory to David Binney, clear toned and articulate, astutely avoiding cliché driven solutions and displaying every bit as much virtuosity as the American.

Of his companions drummer Whitlam adroitly executes all the rhythmic formulae with precision and panache whilst Will Harris on bass fulfils all his contractual obligations to the letter . On keyboards Jim Blomfield moves between acoustic piano and fender rhodes as appropriate and there is no doubt that on the funkier tracks the electric instrument is the best choice and doesn’t sound the least bit dated. Elsewhere his impressive technique equips him to move between pellucid linearity and harmonic opulence that lends momentum and adds dimension in equal measure. As far as this recital goes Blomfield is much more than accompanist/sideman , deserving star billing for his exemplary contribution.

In summary this an extremely likeable recording and to say that is not to damn it with faint praise but to recognise that not every musical enterprise has to aim for genre busting significance to be considered worthwhile. Tables and Chairs is an eminently collectable example of first class British contemporary jazz and those who are fortunate enough to catch the quartet on their up-coming tour will certainly want to leave the gig with a copy.

Check out the dates at www.kevinfiges.co.uk

Reviewed by Euan Dixon


29/03/2013 Tony Benjamin Bristol Evening Post

Kevin Figes can be something of a musical enigma. For many years one of the most interesting local jazz saxophonists, the last few years have seen him mature as a composer, too, both for the Resonation Big Band and his own quartet.
He has a deep association with Latin music – particularly his cutting Brazilian-style flute – but has an equal interest in free jazz, playing with spontaneity-meister Keith Tippett among others.
His recorded music has usually been characterised by a self-imposed restraint, however, that never quite reflected the restless energy of his alto and baritone sax playing. Which is why the new Kevin Figes Quartet CD Tables and Chairs is such good news – a collection of diverse tunes whose interestingly complex structures seem to finally liberate the fuller range of Figes' sax styles.
He's well-helped by regular collaborators Jim Blomfield (piano), Will Harris (bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums). It's a great album that reflects a confident player stretching out at last.

Read more: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Music-Bristol-Kevin-Figes-Trio-El-Rincon-Bristol/story-18555394-detail/story.html#ixzz2SL601NG7
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