The Dance is the second jazz album from bassist and composer Paul Kimber.
In Peckham In Spring he brought us a sax-led acoustic jazz quartet, in a refreshing and varied programme, that met with immediate critical acclaim – ‘Auspicious in the extreme’ The Times. ‘A highly desirable record….definitely recommended’ Jazz Journal International.
With The Dance, released in 2001, Paul shifts from acoustic to fretless electric bass, the lead instrument shifts from sax to trumpet, and he presents us with his gigging band, and some of the upbeat Latin, African and Celtic influences typical of their live performances – as well as his characteristically heartfelt, intimate, soundscapes. The sonic palette of the quartet is further augmented by players doubling on percussion, guitars, flute and piccolo.
Although this is not an album of dance music, the idea of dance was strong in my mind as I put the selection of music together. Dance as an allegory for life is a potentially interesting avenue of thought – the necessary juxtaposition of activity and relationship, intimacy and toe-treading forgiveness, initiation and response feature strongly in both.
The funky side of jazz has been a strong feature of our live shows, and so it’s appropriate, given its grooving feel, that the opening tune is ‘Without a Care’. Another colour that we’ve gladly exploited live comes from Raul’s percussion, and one of the treats of being in a studio is that he doesn’t have to put down one instrument to pick up another – for example, on ‘Orthodoxy’. On the same subject, it was refreshing for me to make melodic contributions to the record on guitar – ‘Dancers and Dreamers’, ‘The Dance’, ‘Freetown’, as well as on bass – ‘Perelandra’, ‘Gently’, ‘T.L.A.’
Nick displays more of his many talents with his beautiful flute and piccolo playing on the album, as well as his exquisite piano playing. He also receives a keyboard credit – very subtly done, well done to any listener who spots it!
Raul D’Oliveira – trumpet, flugel, percussion
Legendary Portugese-born trumpeter Raul D’Oliveira brings with him a rhythmic and melodic warmth and intensity that drive this album forward. With a background in jazz and classical music, Raul’s credits include working with such artists as Gil Evans, Sting, Elton John, Wham, Mike Oldfield, Gary Moore, Joe Jackson, Petula Clark, Joan Armatrading, Kula Shaker, Wet Wet Wet, Blow Monkeys, Gloria Gaynor, Terence Tent D’Arby and Marvin Gaye.
Nick Lacey – piano, flute, piccolo, keyboards
As well as contributing both keyboard and wind instruments to this recording, Nick is a sought after theatre musical director. He has played, arranged and composed for many artists including Lulu and Michael Ball. He is too modest to tell you about the gold disc on his wall, and is currently recording and touring as a member of Sadie and the Hotheads.
Phil Crabbe – drums
Phil Crabbe is a drummer active on the London freelance and session scene. With a varied musical training including time spent at Berklee College, and a performance degree in Timpani & Percussion from The Royal College Of Music, Phil also studied with Dave Hassell, Bob Armstrong, Jim Blackley, and Michael Skinner.
Phil’s playing and recording credits include:
NYJO, Salena Jones, Gloria Gaynor, Petula Clarke, Cilla Black, Odyssey, The Nolans, Joe Longthorne, Haircut 100, Mica Paris, Ms Dynamite, Joss Stone, Lemar, Mari Wilson, Heather Small (M People), Sabrina Washington (Misteeq), Beverly Knight, Lee Ryan (Blue), Paul Jones (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band), Mavis Staples, The Drifters, The Platters, The Miracles, The Ben Castle Quartet and The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
TV credits include: French & Saunders, The Lenny Henry Show, Alexi Sayle’s ‘Stuff’, The Comic Strip, Robbie Coltrane TV specials, Spitting Image, Songs Of Praise and London’s Burning, along with numerous radio broadcasts, and jingle sessions.
Paul Kimber – fretless bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, composer
Paul Kimber was born in Northern Ireland and studied double bass with Barry Young and Tom Martin. As an orchestral bassist he has held co-principal positions at ENO and the LPO, and currently shares the section principal job at the Royal Opera House. He has also appeared as guest principal with most of the orchestras in London.
He has played on hundreds of film, TV, library, CD, sampling and jingle sessions, from Harry Potter to James Bond, and Dad’s Army to Downton Abbey.
Paul has had a long-standing involvement in jazz performing and writing, having recently completed a five-year run of a weekly duo residency in London’s west end with guitarist Nick D’Oliveira, played many gigs with his own quartet, and released critically acclaimed albums. He has also appeared alongside many jazz notables including Tony Coe, Nikki Iles, Jean Toussaint and Troy Miller.
Paul doubles on bass guitar, performing in jazz, studio, musical theatre and orchestral settings.
As a double bass soloist Paul has appeared in a variety of venues, including London’s Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Halls, and the Royal Opera House’s Crush Room. His ‘3 Miniatures’ for double bass and piano, have been published by Recital Music.
Other writing projects have included compositions, and many arrangements and orchestrations, commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BT Scottish Ensemble, Kidenza Childrens’ Concerts and Ragdoll Worldwide.
Album design by Jonathan Kearney