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The House Always Wins

Dave Stapleton, Dave Stapleton Quintet Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye Distribution Inc
  • ASIN: B000V3P5EM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Second Life 5:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dedication Song 7:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The House Always Wins 8:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Zonk (For Rupert Valpy)11:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cascade (For Vicki Wright) 5:430.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Out Of Focus (For Tim Dickeson) 8:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aquamarine 5:250.69  Buy MP3 

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Dave Stapleton, the Cardiff-based pianist-composer, has been described by Jazzwise as "a real find for British Jazz...a young musician of real maturity and vision". 'The House Always Wins' is Stapleton's fourth album as leader and his previous releases have given rave reviews in the Guardian, Observer and Jazzwise. In 2006 he was one of the young musicians chosen for the prestigious Jerwood / PRS Foundation 'Take Five' initiative, recognising his abilities and acknowledging his potential. As a musician there's a strength and virility to his playing, matched by an innate capacity for tenderness and reflection. As a composer, he draws upon a formidable grasp of jazz, classical and world music styles, yet transforms these raw materials into something richly personal.

With the exceptional talents of Paula Gardiner on bass and Elliot Bennett on drums, `The House Always Wins' is an album of powerful, driving rhythms and lingering melodic hooks. With the highly individualistic sound of Jonny Bruce on trumpet and impressive multi-instrumentalist Ben Waghorn on reeds, Stapleton has put together a band of high-rollers and high stakes winners. Two special guests are featured on one track each - the iconic vocalist Julie Tippetts and tabla player Aref Durvesh.

Imagine music as approachable and sophisticated as Jarrett or EST or the Bad Plus. Add that to the energy of the Messengers or Cannonball Adderley. That's the Dave Stapleton Quintet.

Dave Stapleton - (piano, keyboards), Jonny Bruce - (trumpet), Ben Waghorn - (reeds), Paula Gardiner - (bass), Elliott Bennett - (drums), Aref Durvesh - (tabla - track 5), Julie Tippetts - (vocals - track 8)


(4 stars) Hooks that could hardly be more accessible but which avoid any formulaic references...a real UK jazz revelation.
-- The Guardian, (John Fordham), September 7, 2007

(4 stars) There's some excellent thematic writing here...stays in the memory long after the record has finished.
-- Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson), September 2007

Eight fiery, bluesy, unaplogetically jazzy compositions. It's a cracking band...there's a steely strength here that shames more posey groups.
-- The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), September 9, 2007

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz with purpose 15 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
What a top album! For people who get frustrated with endless improvisation and general shortage of tune in a jazz idiom this is a serious antedote. Jonny on Trumpet and Ben on Sax are top notch and the rhythm section are solid and always inventive. Stapletons piano lines have drive and character, and he knows how to write a good tune. Really can't get enough of this, and listen to it endlessly - A genuine highlight of the year! Anyone who likes Jarrett, Garbarek and others will be in good hands. Destined for greatness IMHO!
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