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The Jazz of Dudley Moore with The Chris Ingham Quartet
Chris Ingham – piano/narrator
Paul Higgs – trumpet
George Double- drums
Geoff Gascoyne – double bass
The beloved comic actor Dudley Moore (1935-2002) was also one of the UK’s most dazzling, swinging jazz pianists and a composer of wit and depth.
Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit Moore’s music on their new CD Dudley, with sounds from the fabulous 1960’s Decca trio albums, the ground breaking satire of Beyond The Fringe (1960-64), the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).
“Among his many talents, Dudley Moore’s gifts as a jazz composer seem to have been forgotten. These 16 pieces, some unearthed from the soundtracks of his films and TV shows, some from albums and singles recorded with his trio in the 60s, are unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile. Coming to them afresh, Chris Ingham finds unexpected diversity beneath the smooth, bright surface. At one extreme is the playful theme tune of Not Only… But Also, at the other the melancholy Moon Time, which might have passed unnoticed beneath the action in Bedazzled. To have other musicians choosing to play their work is every composer’s dream. I’m sure Dudley would have been delighted.” – DAVE GELLY, THE GUARDIAN
“Sophisticated tribute….charming work” – EVENING STANDARD
“Classy product with plenty of the right kind of swing”- JAZZ JOURNAL
“Outstanding quartet……inspired solo forays…..nifty and concise arrangements” – LONDON JAZZ NEWS