Peter King Quartet
Featuring Peter King, Steve Melling, Jeremy Brown & Stephen Keogh with James Hallawell
This CD has been described as a milestone in the career of a remarkable musician (Dave Gelly in the Guardian), and a beautiful and original record (Linton Chiswick in Time Out).
As John Fordham writes: “From King’s whirlwind arrival on the British jazz scene in 1959 to his reputation today as one of the World’s premier jazz soloists, this imaginative and impassioned performer has wrestled with the enduring problem of being seen and heard for the artist he truly is. This is his most ambitious venture. His sweeping musical departures from be-bop are tributes to the late F1 driver Ayrton Senna. Peter King could not make an album of bleak formalism. All of his attributes are at full throttle. King works with his usual fluid energy on the boppish material, but the more spacious and reflective settings of the pieces inspired by classical forms touch depths in him that have rarely been caught on disc. This might be the kind of session that makes people talk about “hidden fires” in Peter King. In finding ways to bring them more dramatically out into the open King has taken a bold step that marks another turning point in his career.”