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'Twilight Dreams'
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Colin Steele - Trumpet
Julian Argüelles - Sax
Dave Milligan - Piano
Brian Shiels - Bass
John Rae - Drums

1. Twilight Dreams 09.48
2. Fanfare For Cafe Graffiti 03.21
3. So Far, So Good 06.19
4. The Sidestep 06.04
5. Slipped Disc 05.06
6. Nicky's Song 06.18
7. Black Domino 03.51
8. Cheeky Wee Monkey 05.04
9. It's Nearly Time To Go 05.21
10. When In Rome 05.09
11. A Wee Prayer 01.50
Colin Steele
'Twilight Dreams'
Caber 024
Colin's other releases are:
Colin Steele 'The Journey Home'
Colin Steele & Cathie Rae - 'Tribute to Chet Baker'

Album Notes :

³A beautifully conceived and executed set by Scottish trumpeter and composer Colin Steele. Mellow and melodic without being in the least backward-looking, Steele¹s music has instant appeal. He is a superb instrumentalist, but never succumbs to the temptation to show off his technique. If pushed to find a comparison, I would say that he reminds me slightly of the master of understatement, the late Art Farmer, but Steele is definitely his own man. The band consists of three top Scottish musicians, pianist Dave Milligan, bassist Brian Shiels and drummer John Rae - plus a southern interloper in the form of saxophonist Julian Argüelles. Together they make a beautifully crisp ensemble sound.² The Observer.

Artist Information:

Colin Steele took up the trumpet in 1980, turning professional in 1987. He was a member of the John Rae Collective with Brian Kellock, Phil Bancroft, Kevin MacKenzie and Kenny Ellis. He also worked with the Tom Bancroft Orchestra, Tommy Smith, Tam White and did three major tours with the pop group Hue and Cry.

In 1992 Colin attended the Guildhall School of Music attaining a postgraduate diploma in jazz and studio music. Whilst in London he worked with the Clark Tracey Quintet and lain Ballamy, in venues such as the 606 club and the Jazz Café and recorded with Ronny Jordan and Steve Williamson.

After travelling extensively in Europe, Colin returned to Edinburgh in 1996. He continued to work with the aforementioned musicians and also joined the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He established Midnight Blue at the legendary Café Graffiti, a weekly live music club that ran for three years attracting between 200-500 people every week. Within that environment he explored several different genres including soul jazz with the Midnight Blue Band, latin jazz with Mas Que Nada and various funk groove based bands using a variety of different musicians and singers from the British jazz scene.

Colin Steele's first album 'Twilight Dreams' was released in 2002 on Caber Music and received universal acclaim (Guardian/Observer Album of the Week, Guardian Top 5 Jazz CD's of 2002 etc). Immediately establishing the characteristic uplifting and open feel of Steele¹s music, that is now very much his signature, and fully evident on his follow up release, 'The Journey Home'.

With new Scottish acoustic bass star, Aidan O'Donnell upping the the ante in the rhythm section, Milligan and Rae (who both sound great here), and Steele and Julian Argüelles teaming up again in the front line, this album shows real development in Steele's individual skills and the bands overall cohesion in a range of new material that goes further down the folk tinged contemporary mainstream paths that they set out on in their triumphant debut.
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