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The cool sound of new Scottish jazz,
By A Customer
This review is from: Twilight Dreams (Audio CD)
Trumpeter Colin Steele has been around the Scottish jazz scene for quite a while now, but Twilight Dreams is his debut CD. Dedicated in memory of the late mother of his daughter, recording it must have been a labour of love because this is quite simply a beautiful album
The tracks reflect an eclectic range of influences, from Lee Morgan style Hard Bop on Nicky's Song to pre-fusion Miles Davis on Cheeky Wee Monkey. The whole album is tinged with the blues, nowhere more so than on Slipped Disc, but there's also a hint of the music of Steele's native land on the two ballads, Fanfare for Café Graffiti (a lovely elegy for a now defunct Edinburgh club) and A Wee Prayer.
A mixture of styles there may be, but Twilight Dreams is no mixed bag when it comes to quality. It never sags and the tracks all hang together well. Steele's playing is measured, relying on precision rather than power. This is no one man performance, however: it's a superb ensemble album, with Steele sharing centre stage with Julian Arguelles on saxophone and Dave Milligan on piano, the latter in particular contributing some memorable solos.
Twilight Dreams is the sort of disc that you can play at any time of the day, quite a feat for a jazz album. It will appeal to the jazz lover and might even win over a jazz sceptic or two. Album of the year by a mile!