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More acclaim for Colin Steele

Colin Steele is featured on the cover of January's Jazz Review with an interview inside;

The acclaim doesnt stop rolling in with his album named at No 3 in the Observer's top 10 Jazz Cds of 2003. Caber gets a big mention in the article too (text below).

Dave Gelly
Sunday December 28, 2003The Observer

It seems everybody wants to be a jazz singer nowadays. People of all ages turn up at 'open mic' sessions to perform their party piece. But why this sudden eruption of would-be vocalists? Maybe because singing looks easier than playing an instrument, although it isn't. Or maybe it's because there are so many good jazz singers in Britain to inspire them. There's Stacey Kent, Tina May, Claire Martin, Clare Teal, Anita Wardell, Sheena Davis, Cathie Rae and plenty more. Until recently, the guys had fewer role-models, but then along came Jamie Cullum whose career received a mighty boost when he was signed by Universal. Of course, Universal didn't actually discover him; he already had a CD out on the smaller Candid label.

This is the way it works in jazz and has done for decades. Since the end of the Second World War, every major figure in jazz - Parker, Davis, Coltrane - has first appeared on a small label run largely on enthusiasm and flair. So that's where to look if you're seeking the next wave of outstanding jazz musicians.

Take, for instance, the astonishing Soweto Kinch , who won this year's Mobo Award for 'best jazz act'. He is a phenomenal saxophonist, but his musical imagination and the facility with which he juggles his ideas are simply mind-boggling. His CD, Conversations With the Unseen, is on Dune, a label operated out of a single office in Harrow.
Some of the most impressive British jazz of the past year has come from Scotland, in particular from Caber, another shoestring label, in this case run by drummer Tom Bancroft . Three Caber releases were quite outstanding, those by pianist Dave Milligan , bassist Mario Bacuris and trumpeter Colin Steele .

And then there is saxophonist Tommy Smith , Scotland's one-man music industry, whose own label, Spartacus, came up with a couple of gems, a series of duets between Smith and pianist Brian Kellock and a set by Smith's own sextet.
The flowering of Scottish jazz is based on a flourishing live music scene, unhampered by the licensing laws which plague promoters and musicians in England and Wales. The recent Licensing Act, making all live music subject to a full entertainment licence, looks like making life even more difficult.

They say that art thrives on constraint, but this is ridiculous. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music recently launched a new range of jazz products for saxophones, trumpet and so on. If only 1 per cent of students decide they want to become serious performers, where are they going to play?
Don't ask me. Ask Tessa Jowell. She's supposed to be in charge.

Jazz top 10
McCoy Tyner

Land of Giants (Telarc)

Stan Getz Bossas & Ballads: The Lost Sessions (Verve)

Colin Steele The Journey Home (Caber)

Miles Davis At the Blackhawk, Complete (Sony)

Alan Barnes Swingin' the Samba (Woodville)

Soweto Kinch Conversations With the Unseen (Dune)

Tina May I'll Take Romance (Linn)

Mel Torme, George Shearing Concord Recordings

Scott Hamilton Live in London (Concord)

Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis (Disconf

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