The new BATL QUARTET LIVE album is now available!
In early March this year, BATL Quartet recorded and filmed a live performance at Pizza Express (Soho, London)
It was a great night and I think we've managed to capture the raw energy of the group.
Tim Lapthorn and I have composed all of the music and we have produced this album ourselves.
We hope you can pick up a copy...
This is a limited run of CD's but the music will also be available on most digital platforms shortly after the end of our UK Tour (July-Sep 2019).
Brandon Allen x
Brandon Allen and Tim Lapthorn have been performing together for over 16 years.
The saxophonist and pianist have played in various quartet formations at Ronnie Scott's for over 10 years.
The new quartet features brand new material written by the two players, channeling their respective influences.
Both players are known for their passionate and exciting style of playing.
They share a chemistry and intuition that pushes the music to places unknown, every night a new destination reached.
There is also a great sense of melody and swing present in the music too.
The Quartet is completed by the experienced Arnie Somogyi on bass and the fresh talent of Lloyd Haines on drums.
The repetoire is composed by the saxophonist and pianist.
The compositional framework is relatively simple, allowing for spontaneous extemporisation on the theme and harmony, creating an exciting hot bed for improvisation.
The music is loosely influenced by Stan Getz and some of his later collaborations, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Chick Corea, The John Coltrane Quartet, swing, bebop, hard bop, brazilian music and classical and contemporary music.
The group recently recorded a LIVE ALBUM at Pizza Express on March 4th, 2019.
This new release is called BATL Quartet LIVE.
So far, the band has performed at top UK venues including Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, The 100 club, Con Cellar Bar and Kansas Smittys.
In 2020 the group will be touring throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.
The quartet collectively have performed with Kyle Eastwood, Eddie Henderson, Ron Carter, Chris Potter, Bobby Wellins, Bruce Barth, Stefano Di Battista, Hailey Tuck, Antonio Forcione, Omar, Eric Clapton and Paloma Faith.
"His four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the saxophone - From Hawkins to Brecker- he's got em covered."
London Jazz News
“Tim Lapthorn's pianistic abilities include a formidable technique and delicate touch, a wonderfully rich tone from the instrument. His equal command of strong melodicism, a loamy harmonic sense and an acute rhythmical drive make him the consummate jazz pianist.”
London Jazz News
Southampton Jazz Club
"BATL Quartet LIVE" CD Reviews
Lance Liddle - Bebop Spoken here
2019 Tour Dates...
11th May The Hive (Shrewsbury)
30th May BATL Duo @ Renaissance piano shop and cafe
24th June Cadogan Hall Foyer (Jazz Series)
26th June Brandon Allen Masterclass/concert @ The Purcell School
9th July Masterclass/concert at The Guildhall
19th July Oliver’s Jazz Bar (Greenwich)
22nd July Early show @ Ronnie Scotts
23rd July Early show @ Ronnie Scotts
24th July. Early show @ Ronnie Scotts
25th July The Fox (Twickenham)
26th July Llandudno Jazz Festival playing "Gene Ammons"
27th July The Archduke (Waterloo)
28th July Boaters (Kingston)
29th July The Late Late Show @ Ronnie Scotts playing "Transition"
31st July Swansea Jazzland (Wales)
1st August The Sound Cellar (Poole)
3rd August Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
18th August The Oval Tavern (Croydon)
24th August The 606 club
29th August Jazz Steps (Nottingham)
30th August Hampstead Jazz Club
13th September The Vortex
More tour dates to be announced!