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O'Higgins & Luft
The Musician Venue & Bar, Leicester

O'Higgins & Luft Quartet

Thu 16th Feb | 8:00pm
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Dave O'Higgins - Tenor Saxophone/ Rob Luft - Guitar/ Misha Mullov-Abbado - Bass/ Billy Pod - Drums

Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft present their second co-led recording, three years after O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane. Where the first album clearly did what it says on the tin, Pluto, as the title suggests, comes from another place. Seven of the nine songs are original compositions by each band leader, and the remaining two pieces are Monk and Coltrane hits that evolved naturally on the road during a 50 date European tour in 2019.

The sonority has changed a little, too, as the Hammond organ of the first album is replaced with acoustic piano and double bass. This is straight-ahead modern jazz in the African-American tradition, clearly coming from the Monk and Trane lineage, but not bound to emulating it. You will hear Luft easily morphing Wes Montgomery with Bill Frisell, his own trademark soundscapes and worldly influences, while O’Higgins’ emotive melodies evoke Dexter, Trane, Joe Henderson and Brecker, with a melodic logic of his own.


Photo credit - Judith O'Higgins


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