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Personnel:
Colin Steele - Trumpet
Julian Argüelles - Sax
Dave Milligan - Piano
Aidan O¹Donnell - Double Bass
John Rae - Drums


Tracklisting:
1. The London Heist 06.36
2. Lament For Miles 06.38
3. Reel Deal 05.52
4. The Journey Home 11.29
5. Superdan 06.55
6. Bacharach On Loch Winnoch 07.06
7. Fishing For Pearls: Intro 03.22
8. Fishing For Pearls: Theme 03.46
9. Variation On A Dream 07.01


Colin Steele
'The Journey Home'
Caber 029
Colin's other releases are:
Colin Steele 'Twilight Dreams'
Colin Steele & Cathie Rae - 'Tribute to Chet Baker'
 

 
Album Notes :
"a major new group" The Herald

This second Colin Steele CD is following hard on the heels of his criticially acclaimed first release, by causing nothing less than critical breathlessness in certain quarters. For fans of the first album (and anyone else who likes melodic and atmospheric music stamped by a fantastic sound and quality of musicianship) this is a must-buy as the band are bolstered by new Scottish bass sensation Aidan O'Donnell, and boldly strike deeper into the uplifting and optimistic, harmonically simple and deeply moving folk-jazz territory they claimed as their own in Twilight Dreams. Newly adopted Scot Julian Argüelles shines again on saxophones as does emerging piano star Dave Milligan, but it is totally identifiable Steele signature as composer, and his equally arresting trumpet sound and beautifully measured soloing that gives this CD its centre of gravity.

CD of the Week - The Observer
CD of the Week - The Guardian
'a mix of poignancy and optimism which I found profoundly....soulful. Miss at your own risk' Richard Cook, Jazz Review

'this is effusive, vital, lovely jazz' Jazz UK

 

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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