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01/10/2008 Steve Harris, hi-fi news

....reeds master Chris Biscoe enlisted brilliant young alto player Tony Kofi... Their muscular unison playing brings the themes to life, then sparks some intense soloing. Kofi is flowing and uninhibited here... A happy meeting between a virtuoso campaigner of British jazz and one of its newest stars.
Recording: **** Performance *****


01/10/2008 Andy Hamilton, Jazz Review

The result is imaginatively conceived and superbly executed, a fine tribute recording which grows in interest with every listen.


01/09/2008 Philip Clark, The Wire

Dolphy’s spirit is tangible, Biscoe concentrating on his cerebral abstract corners and Kofi bringing bluesier heat.


01/09/2008 Barry McRae, Jazz Journal International

This is an excellent album by any standards. This might well be the nearest that we can get to the real thing...


08/08/2008 Alan Brownlee, Manchester Evening News

Biscoe’s very personal playing leaps out in vivid clarity. His frontline partner, Tony Kofi, also finds fresh ways to honour ancestral voices. To hear the two joust on alto sax is invigorating. This is jazz of the highest achievement.


01/08/2008 Pete Martin, Jazz UK Issue 82

....music which is utterly compelling...... Bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Stu Butterfield provide admirable support.


01/08/2008 Brian Glasser, Jazzwise Issue 122

Spirits of adventure infuse this release: Biscoe and Kofi complement each other wonderfully ..... drummer Stu Butterfield and bassist Larry Bartley have to perform the delicate task of underpinning the music without gluing it down, and this they do brilliantly. A most enjoyable disc.


01/07/2008 Bernard McAlinden, Crescendo and Jazz Music

The ensemble passages have an exciting Dolphy/Coleman freshness and clarity about them but the soloing owes nothing to anybody but themselves. The recording has so much going for it, it’s bluesy, earthy and boppish, with edge of free passages. Seven of the themes are by Dolphy, and are full of interest. A contender for CD of the year.


29/06/2008 Phil Johnson, The Independent

This tribute album led by the reliably excellent Biscoe .... evokes a characteristic Dolphy world .... the rhythm section of Larry Bartley on bass and Stu Butterfield on drums swings freely.


27/06/2008 Andrew Vine, Yorkshire Post

That splendid saxophonist Chris Biscoe takes the music of his idol, Eric Dolphy, as the programme for this tremendously enjoyable CD. The exchanges between Biscoe and Kofi crackle with intelligence and invention. This is jazz of real fire and drive


20/06/2008 John Fordham, The Guardian

Biscoe’s ability to bridge sound worlds as different as Evan Parker’s and Charlie Parker’s makes him one of the most formidable European saxophonists...
....a contemporary quartet devotedly rooted in advanced bebop, but so clamorously enjoying it that the music sounds remarkably new.


14/06/2008 Julian Joseph, Jazz Line-Up, BBC Radio 3

Big, robust soloing from Biscoe and Kofi, with great support from Bartley and Butterfield. These guys are swinging hard. It’s an honest tribute to Eric Dolphy and the music is played with passion and authenticity.


01/05/2008 Chris Parker, Vortex Website

....an exhilarating, heady rush of music.... Strongly recommended.


05/06/0008 Peter Bevan, Northern Echo

...this magnificent recording is Chris Biscoe's tribute to a remarkable talent. The playing is spot on.


01/06/0008 Dave Gelly, The Observer

Chris Biscoe, with fellow saxophonist Tony Kofi, bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Stu Butterfield, succeed amazingly well in entering Dolphy’s remarkable musical universe


27/02/0008 Ivor Widdison, Jazz UK 80

All musics benefit from performances where the conviction burns. That was apparent from the four outwardly modest men - Chris Biscoe and Tony Kofi on reeds, Larry Bartley on bass and Stu Butterfield on drums: they turned in one blistering solo after another within ensemble passages of impeccable cohesion, the hallmark of the highest quality chamber-jazz. The CD to come promises to be a gem. (IW)


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