Brian Molley Quartet
Saturday 22 April, 8pm
Lyrical modern saxophone-led quartet
Brian Molley – saxes/flute
Tom Gibbs – piano
James Lindsay – double bass
Stuart Brown – drums
World travellers Brian Molley Quartet return to The Globe, bringing their brand of lyrical yet robust modern jazz to Newcastle once again. Recently returning from touring and recording in the US and India, the band will perform music from their new album Colour and Movement (“a brilliant new album … an absolute gem by four of Scotland’s finest” says the review in Bebop Spoken Here)
The record reflects the music the quartet been creating live over the past few years, fusing contemporary jazz with music from India, Brazil and Scotland, whilst demonstrating a deep respect for the jazz tradition. Colour and Movement consists of 12 tracks, in 12 key and time signatures with music influenced by the band’s wide and varied travels. A UK tour to promote the record will take place through the spring, followed by an appearance at Madras Jazz Festival, Chennai, presented in association with British Council/Creative Scotland and EXODUS, with subsequent touring in India.
The Brian Molley Quartet was formed in 2012 by the Scottish saxophonist and released their much acclaimed debut album CLOCK in 2013, the success of the record leading to several UK tours, as well as performances at Edinburgh Fringe ’14 for the ‘Made in Scotland’ programme and at Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York, with ‘Made in the UK’. Whilst in the US, BMQ also performed two shows in New York City. 2015 saw the band make their first trip to India, working collaboratively with Rajasthani folk artists as well as delivering a short tour with dates in Jodhpur, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. The group returned to India in 2016 to develop their collaborative work, this time recording an album of original compositions by Brian Molley fused with Rajasthani folk music. A joint project with Jodhpur RIFF, ‘Journeys in Hand’ will be released later this year.
‘The finest in UK Jazz’ Time Out
‘Molley’s tone is gorgeous, he never wastes a note’ AllAboutJazz
‘Mesmerising’ Huffington Post
Tickets £10 available online or on the door