The tantalising very Kenny Wheeler-esque pre-order track ahead of its February release augured well for Head First
With a two-horn front line featuring UK sax great Julian Argüelles on tenor and soprano saxophone and Robbie Robson on trumpet, Liam Noble bassist Dave Whitford joined the modernistic John Taylor-influenced John Turville in the rhythm section along with Britain's version of Jeff Ballard, James Maddren on drums.
And so the release proved a success in every way. As for the sound quality the album boosts engineering by probably the best living jazz recording engineer of his generation Stefano Amerio who operates out of his own studio in Italy and is widely used by a host of top international jazzers and here is, a Rudy. That is the added value and not to be discounted for nary a second. SG
Julian Argüelles, above left, John Turville, James Maddren, Robbie Robson and Dave Whitford. Press shot