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Dave Stapleton | The House Always Wins


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BEN WAGHORN saxophones
JONNY BRUCE trumpet/ fluglehorn
PAULE GARDINER double bass


1. Second Life 5:48
2. Dedication Song 7:39
3. The House Always Wins 8:40
4. Zonk (For Rupert Valpy) 11:26
5. Cascade (For Vicki Wright) 5:45
6. Snitch 8:32
7. Out of Focus (For Tim Dickeson) 8:46
8. Aquamarine 5:25


The House Always Wins is DSQ’s second. With rave reviews for their previous releases in the Guardian, Observer and Jazzwise, The House Always Wins confirms his reputation and promise. With the exceptional talents of Paula Gardiner on bass and Elliot Bennett on drums, this is an album of powerful, driving rhythms and lingering melodic hooks. With the highly individualistic sound of Jonny Bruce on trumpet and impressive multi-instrumentalist Ben Waghorn on reeds, Stapleton has put together a band of high-rollers and high stakes winners.


‘…hooks that could hardly be more accessible but which none the less avoid any formulaic references…quality and fiery, fearless soloists…A real UK jazz revelation’. GUARDIAN

‘There’s some excellent thematic writing here…stays in the memory long after the record has finished’. JAZZWISE

‘Their creativity switch is fully on and they have produced a true eye-opener…don’t wait, treat yourself now, it’s superb’. CARDIFF JAZZ

‘Deft melodies and hard hitting grooves make his music genuinely kick-ass’. TIMEOUT


Recorded by George Shilling in 2007.

Mixed and mastered by Andy Allan at Brollyman Studios, Cardiff.
Artwork photography and design by Alex Mills.

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