"Every track on this album is top quality. Allen’s signature hard-bop tenor sound is occasionally tempered with a tender touch and Lapthorn’s creative piano playing is vibrant and imaginative."
"A thrilling and satisfying album headed by a staunch quartet"
Blues and Soul Magazine
"Four musicians totally in sync with each other.."
Bebop spoken here
"Rock-solid and exciting performances capturing the essence of the classic jazz quartet at its finest."
London Jazz News
"..the quality is so consistent that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Allen’s big sound is a constant delight, and the engagement of the whole band carries the day."
"Allen and Lapthorn both play with power and conviction, their solos fluent and consistently imaginative."
Brandon Allen and Tim Lapthorn have been performing together for 17 years.
The saxophonist and pianist have played in various quartet formations at London's Ronnie Scott's for over 10 years.
This new explosive quartet features brand new material written by the leaders, 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 a great sense of melody and swing present in the music.
The quartet is completed by longtime musical associates Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums).
The compositional framework is relatively simple, allowing for spontaneous improvisation on the melodic content, rhythmic nature and harmonic structure of each piece.
The music is loosely influenced by Stan Getz and some of his later collaborations, Wayne Shorter's Bluenote albums and the music of Weather Report, Chick Corea, The John Coltrane Quartet, swing, bop, brazilian music, classical and contemporary music, the experience of life right now...
BATL recently recorded a live album at Pizza Express (Soho, London) on March 4th, 2019.
This new release is called BATL Quartet LIVE.
From July-Sept 2019, a successful 20 date UK tour provided the opportunity to explore existing repetoire and inspire new compositions.
In 2020 the group will be touring extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.
They will also record a studio album.
Collectively, the members of the group have performed with Kyle Eastwood, Eddie Henderson, Ron Carter, Chris Potter, Bobby Wellins, Bruce Barth, Stefano Di Battista, Champian Fulton, 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
"BATL Quartet LIVE" CD REVIEWS
Brian Payne - Jazz Journal
Lance Liddle - Bebop Spoken here
Emrys Baird - Blues and Soul Magazine
Mark McKergow - London Jazz News
Eddie Myer - Jazz Views
Live performance REVIEWS
Southampton Jazz Club
2020 Tour Dates
1st and 2nd May Alexander Platz Jazz Club (Rome, Italy)