Frank Griffiths has recently reviewed Andy Scott + Group S’s CD ‘Ruby & All Things Purple’, released with Basho Records in 2017.
Writing for bebop spoken here, Frank remarks on the ‘concoction of saxophones’ & ‘outstanding soloists’ on the album – ‘Ranging from the sopranino to bass sax and all the others in between joined by a four piece rhythm section, Group S produces a highly effective sound capable of generating an impressive array of collective textures, colours and timbres.’
Frank’s review touches on the various tracks on the album, from a ‘skilful graduation of drama and dynamism’ in Mike Hall’s ‘frantic and propulsive Sabretooth’ to Gwilym Simcock’s ‘reflective and peaceful’ Chapters and Scott’s ‘striking and unpredictable rhythmical canvas’ in Tin Can.
“Group S, indeed. While there is a wide variety of styles on Ruby... no idea outstays its welcome with the quality of both the writing and playing ensuring the listeners' attention throughout.”
Check out Frank’s full review here and Ruby & All Things Purple here
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