OMAR + QCBA
Omar Lye-Fook MBE is, without a doubt, one of the greatest soul music talents the United Kingdom has produced in the last 40 years. If anyone has doubts about that, then they should consider the list of legendary artists who happily line up to collaborate with him musically, or simply sing his praises – from Stevie Wonder, the late Leon Ware, Erykah Badu, Common, through to Carleen Anderson, D’Angelo, and Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler, Angie Stone and UK artists Courtney Pine, Rodney P, Kele LeRoc, Natasha Watts and Estelle, who all appreciate his truly original and unique voice, his musicianship and his songwriting talent.
Omar teams up with his decade-long partnership of QCBA, featuring the outstanding trumpet player Quentin Collins and the tenor sax titan Brandon Allen, for an intoxicating musical cocktail of jazz, R&B, funk and soul.
QCBA are an organ driven quartet of virtuosos known for their funky and contemporary original music. Influenced by the great Blue Note era of the 60s, they’ve taken the jazz scene by storm with their eclectic collaborations.
Completing the line-up are the masterful Ross Stanley (organ) and James Maddren (drums).
When QCBA team up with Omar, they deliver an explosion of soul-funk infused music.
“The effect of COVID-19 on the live entertainment industry during 2020-2021 was devastating tomany artists and their professional careers.
Shows were repeatedly cancelled, rescheduled, and cancelled again throughout this period. And then, finally, Omar + QCBA was confirmed to happen at London’s Jazz Café on 29th May 2021.
It was one of the first major live shows to take place in this city following the relaxation of social distancing restrictions. You could feel the anticipation and blessed relief that live music was about to happen once again.
For most of the musicians in this band, it was the first time they were performing in front of a live audience in over 15 months. Everyone was more than ready for this show to happen. ‘Live at Last’ captures the spirit of being there, on that evening, to witness something very special.
We hope this recording gives you the sense of joy and freedom the audience and the musicians felt together, as one on the night.”
Martin Hummel – Director of Ubuntu Music
“The mix of Latin stylings, funk rhythms and soulful lyrics, paired with the jazz masters that are QCBA,
made for an evening of high-class entertainment. The audience would agree that there’s ‘nothing like
--London Jazz News
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