Nigel Price – Heads & Tales Volume 2

heads-tales(Whirlwind Recordings)

This is the follow-up to Volume 1 which the guitarist released in 2011. It’s a two disc set, the second being Price alone or playing with himself via overdubs, the first being his organ trio with Ross Stanley on the Hammond and Matt Home on drums.

Tales, the solo disc, has nine classics from Cherokee to Midnight Blue with Come Rain Or Come Shine, Have You Met Miss Jones? and Slow Boat To China along the way. It’s a virtuoso performance – sometimes virtuosi performances – and reveals Price’s mastery of his instrument and intimate knowledge of the standards’ structures.

The Nigel Price Organ Trio

The Nigel Price Organ Trio

And it’s that intimate knowledge that leads to Heads, the trio disc, which is Price’s own reworkings of those structures into new, strongly related originals. The origin of each is indicated in the titles, so Come Rain Or Come Shine becomes Wet & Dry, for example. Again, the playing is exuberant and right on the button, and the group interplay adds extra excitement. There are guest saxophonists on many tracks – Alex Garnett and Vasilis Xenopoulos.

The Nigel Price Organ Trio is currently engaged in its own kind of endless tour, taking in venues all around the land. It lands in Birmingham this evening, at The Red Lion in Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter to be precise, courtesy of Birmingham Jazz. Starting time is 7.45pm and expect to be blown away…

  • Full details of this evening’s gig are HERE.

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