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Dudley

CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET – DUDLEY

We all know about Dudley Moore, beloved comic actor. Perhaps fewer know about Dudley Moore, pianist – the virtuoso brilliantly exploiting the stylistic possibilities gifted to him by Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson in late night sessions at Peter Cook’s Establishment Club in 1960s Soho, dazzling appearances on BBC TV’s Not Only But Also and the sparkling Decca trio recordings. And perhaps fewer still, Dudley Moore, composer – purveyor of quirky, imaginative jazz originals and the witty music for Bedazzled and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia, nuanced movie scores far superior to the movies themselves. In preparing a recording celebrating the music of Dudley, the Bury-based Chris Ingham and his colleagues were tempted to pay homage to his 1960s piano-trio style. After all, Chris, George Double and Andrew Brown had all been indelibly influenced by the very particular, tight-knit, hard-swinging playing of Dudley, bassist Pete McGurk and drummer Chris Karan. However, whilst exploring the tunes with Paul Higgs on trumpet, they began to discover the richness of his compositions and understand a more authentic, and perhaps more revealing way of entering into Dudley’s musical world. As part of that process they took time to read something about the man’s complex and highly conflicted life, one filled with shades of light and dark, joy and woe. It is this emotional range and depth that has made playing Dudley’s music a rather intimate and heartfelt pleasure for all of them.

Tracks : 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia/Not Only But Also/Millionaire/Cornfield/Before Love Went Out Of Style/Poova Nova/Sad One For George/Waterloo/Bedazzled/Amalgam/Moontime/Hello Sailor/Waltz For Suzy/Duddly Dell/Love Song From An Imaginary Musical/Strictly For The Birds

Line-up : Chris Ingham, Paul Higgs, Rev. Andrew Brown and George Double with Harry Greene.