“Vista” is not just a special album in that it ticks all the boxes of a perfectly constructed and played jazz work, BUT, it is also the long awaited quartet’s second album! Well, we have had to wait 7 years or so for the release, but, sometimes, the best things are the ones we need to be patient for as when we do get them, it makes them all the more worth waiting for.
Siegel and co, namely: Liam Noble on piano, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Gene Calderazzo on drums, have been working and playing together for a long time. Their growth is seen in works like “Vista” where the compositional merits are in the complex and yet so slick tones. “After playing together as a band for such a long time, you really start to get into something” Julian’s apt quote on the press release. This is true and comes out loud and clear on pieces like “Pastorale”, the particular rhythms and Julian’s playing on this track are powerful, I love the nuances that these create.
Then there is the abstract “Billion Years” where the amazing drumming skills of Gene “cool dude” Calderazzo are just there for the listener to enjoy and treasure.
A few months ago, I met the band whilst on their photo shoot with photographer Carl Hyde. They were funny, compliant but also very confident on how they wanted their image portrayed. It was clear to see how well they all got on with one another and this is one of the main factors, I believe, of the success of an album like “Vista”. Camaraderie only works if it is coupled with a strong willingness to succeed for the benefit of the whole not just the individual. Just listen to a piece like the album title “Vista”: harmonious and yet beautifully modern.
Having witnessed the camaraderie amongst the band, my journo/writer gene kicked in and I just had to ask Julian the following questions which you can read below with his interesting answers.
Read the Interview Here in JazzInEurope.com
Photo © Carl Hyde