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Dave Stapleton Quintet | Between the Lines


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BEN WAGHORN saxophones
JONNY BRUCE trumpet / flugelhorn
PAULA GARDINER double bass


1. October Sky 02:16
2. Horn 10:56
3. Dry White 09:53
4. Socks First 04:26
5. Between the Lines 03:21
6. Wig Wag 06:28
7. October Sky (Reprise) 02:29
8. Daz Lightyear 09:56
9. Under the Cherry Tree 06:12
10. Images 06:47


‘Between the Lines’ is the third album from the Dave Stapleton Quintet and their most accomplished and complete statement to date. Following a series of 4 and 5 star reviews from the UK, French and German press with their second album ‘The House Always Wins’, Between the Lines confirmed their promise and firmly launch the Dave Stapleton Quintet as one of the finest outfits on the UK Jazz scene. Full of robust melodies, hard hitting grooves and fiery playing, Between the Lines is a hugely dynamic, powerful, and engaging work packed with a warmth and a depth that is utterly compelling.

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‘Stapleton has developed his own music full of melody, atmosphere and tough grooves. Ben Waghorn and Jonny Bruce shine on the front line, but the real achievement is one of compositional and ensemble rigour’. MOJO ****

‘The quintet is a real band, and Stapleton writes for the musicians’ personalities and gifts with an appreciation for the colours they bring to it. Superb’. IRISH TIMES ****

‘This album bustles with vibrant life just as much as his 2007 debut, The House Always Wins. There’s a Bitches Brew undercurrent in its swirly Fender Rhodes sounds under a cracking backbeat on Horn, with Jonny Bruce’s raw, early-jazz trumpet growls erupting over hissing cymbals. Some of the music suggests the lyrical funk of early Nucleus, whereas it is Stapleton’s Hancock leanings – and his canny arranger’s plotting – that colour the Spanish-tinged Socks First. Wig Wag, a vehicle for the solid tenor eloquence of Ben Waghorn, is full of scintillating countermelodic writing, and Daz Lightyear is a terrific theme that bubbles up from low down over a hypnotic piano repeat. As always with Stapleton’s band, everybody plays as if they couldn’t think of anything else they’d rather be doing’. GUARDIAN ****

‘DSQ can launch into a funky free-ish N’Orleans style collective romp (Daz Lightyear) with an underlying Hendrix-type keys riff (Horn), or a zippy 60s bluesy-bop theme (Wig Wag). It’s a band that always keeps you on your toes’. JAZZWISE ****

‘Between the Lines is full of subtle surprises. The sound-world, tinged with Fender-Rhodes silveriness, is distinctive. And the solo playing is very classy indeed’. TELEGRAPH (Ivan Hewitt)

‘Dave Stapleton knows how to shape a 21st-century modern-jazz unit. The music on Between the Lines owes plenty to the narrow-eyed, slightly fugitive, occasionally savage Miles Davis quintet of the mid-1960s (the one with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Wayne Shorter)’. INDEPENDENT

‘Articulate, sensitive and thoughtfully detailed, this is a smart application of core jazz values’. BBC MUSIC ONLINE

‘Carefully arranged, well-crafted albums such as this often fall short on fire and heat, but Between The Lines has plenty of both, and Stapleton’s arrangements play to the individual strengths of his colleagues. Highly recommended’. ALL ABOUT JAZZ

‘What is really striking about this recording is how it really feels like the work of a band and a composer in harmony, not just a group of individuals showing off their talents. A disc that has true lasting appeal’. THE JAZZ BREAKFAST


All music written and produced by Dave Stapleton
Published by Dave Stapleton Music / Westbury Music Ltd

Photography by Dave Stapleton
Design by Alex Mills, Burning Red

Recorded by Ian at the Christchurch Studio, Bristol on ..
Mixed by Jim Barr at J and J Studios

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