Darius Brubeck Quartet
“Darius . . . plays stylish piano and knows the score.” – Evening Standard
A welcome return for jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck and his group, who wowed the audience when they debuted here two years ago.
Growing up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave, Darius has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as a band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.
Upon graduating from university, Darius led his own groups, performed with artists such as Don McLean and Larry Coryell, and in the 70s was ushered into the international jazz scene as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan) under his father’s leadership.
Throughout his life, Darius has been inspired by travel and the musical influences from many far-flung places: the beat of Brazil, the direct emotion of South African jazz, the improvisation and rhythm of Asian musics, and the lyricism and harmony of the European tradition.
Darius’ lyrical, yet emotive delivery is offset by his focussed rhythmic incisiveness, which is very reminiscent of his father’s devotion to exploring different time signatures and grooves spurred on with that classic 1959 LP, Time Out, which featured Blue Rondo a la Turk and, of course, the chart-topping classic, Take 5.
A quartet whose chemistry has to be seen live to be appreciated and who never fail to delight audiences, the DBQ play a mixture of standards, some of father Dave’s hits, South African jazz and primarily original material from Darius’ two highly acclaimed CDs, Cathy’s Summer and Years Ago.
With Dave O’Higgins (Saxophones), Matt Ridley (Double Bass), Wesley Gibbens (Drums).
“The Trolley Song, set within an up-tempo Latin jazz context . . . lit up from the outset, with Brubeck on top form during his piano solo.” – Jazzwise
“Darius Brubeck weaved his magic and put a satisfied smile on the faces of the audience.” – Saarbrücker Zeitung
“. . . certainly among the best piano/sax partnerships . . .”
Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Church Street (off Head Street) - Colchester