CD A0015: Mysterious Barracudas

Respectable Groove

CD CoverRespectable Groove is a unique line up of recorder, harpsichord, double bass and percussion. All the music they play is specially composed or arranged for the group & combines a quirky view of early music with a subtle and elegant take on Jazz, Latin and Celtic music.

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Audio Samples

Track Listing

01 La Rotta della Manfredina
A jazz dance version of this 14th Century Italian tune
02 Trotto
A modal jazz treatment of another tune from the same source
03 Loose Connections (John McSherry)
A contemporary Irish reel given a minimalist treatment
04 Les Baricades Misterieuses/Mysterious Barracudas (F.Couperin / David Gordon)
Couperin's famous but enigmatic harpsichord piece merges seamlessly into a contemporary paraphrase of the same piece
05 Mike's Tune
A joyful traditional Irish jig, with a hint of the jazz club
06 Mister Sam (David Gordon)
Respectable Groove's theme tune - always a hit. A harpsichord feature
07 Strange Bird of Paradise (David Gordon, after Borodin)
An adaptation of this famous tune, which shows off the recorder's ability to imitate birdsong
08 April Fool (David Gordon)
Another dance number, with baroque-style counterpoint between recorder and bass: the composer's self portrait
09 Achavari Waltz (Kathryn Tickell)
A magical version of a beautiful Celtic jazz-waltz
10 Chorinho (Lyle Mays)
Recorder gymnastics add charm to the great American jazz pianist's version of a Brazilian street-dance
11 Henderson the Rain King (Richard Jeffries)
A deep groove in 11/8 underpins this portrayal of the African jungle
12 April 3rd (Donal Lunny)
A mournful Irish tune, given an unexpected twist when the band enters
13 Drink to me only with thine eyes (trad.)
A quirky version of an English folk song, over a mesmerising percussion loop, featuring the bass

CD Notes & Credits


Recorded by Matt Butler at Chapel Lane Studio 16-21 August 1999
Mixed by Matt Butler at the Stine House
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Country Masters
Produced by David Gordon, co-produced by Matt Butler
Artwork and sleeve design by Lorraine Brown at Bull Media
Respectable Groove photograph by Richard Ecclestone

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Album Information

Instruments: Recorder, harpsichord, double bass and percussion
Genre: Classical
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0015
MCPS: samcd001
Label: Mister Sam Records
Year: 2001
Origin: UK

Artist Information & Contact Details

Respectable Groove

Respectable GrooveRespectable Groove is a unique band with a unique line up of recorder, harpsichord, double bass and percussion. All the music they play is specially composed or arranged for the group, and combines a quirky view of early music with a subtle and elegant take on jazz, Latin and Celtic music.

Evelyn NallenRecorder player Evelyn Nallen made her BBC debut at the age of 9, and her remarkable skills span early, baroque and contemporary music. She's had works written for her by David Bedford and Carl Rutti, and has given concerts all over the world. A glorious recorder player" THE HERALD, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
'Jazz Record Requests' BBC Radio 3
"A dazzling fusion of old and new musics, played with understanding and virtuosity, and further stretching the musical boundaries of jazz." Patrick Johns
'The Guardian'
" ..recorder virtuoso Evelyn Nallen..can play fast, improvised jazz with admirable control of timbre and intonation..pushes the supposed technical and timbral limitations of the instrument to spine-tingling extremes..she can swing, and she can play a simple tune sweetly, with little embellishment..the recording exploits the delicacy of the sounds they use, particularly Tatsuhara's inventive cymbal-work." John L.Walters
'Jazzmatazz' BBC World Service
"This new album goes to prove that using instruments associated with the musical past is no barrier to producing interesting contemporary jazz." Alyn Shipton
'Independent on Sunday'
"Sparkling style and boundless imagination." Phil Johnson
'Early Music News'
"Wonderful concert, brimming with musicianship and excitement, bringing together the best of the worlds of baroque music and jazz." Mark Argent
David GordonHarpsichordist David Gordon also has an established reputation as a jazz pianist and prize-winning composer. He has played with saxophonist Andy Sheppard, the English Consort, and regularly works with Jacqui Dankworth
Ichiro TatsuharaIchiro Tatsuhara left Japan aged 18 to play drums in the USA. Drawn to the UK he has played with Captain Sensible and P J Harvey as well as many top jazz groups. With influences from Africa, Cuba and Ireland, he is a unique percussionist.
Oli HayhurstDouble bassist Oli Hayhurst is one of the most solid and exciting young players to emerge from the Royal Academy of Music in recent years. He has built up an impressive CV, having worked with artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Melanie C to jazz saxophone gurus Martin Speake and Gilad Atzmon.

The four players are leaders in their fields, and in their other activities range from French baroque dance music, to tango to club scene and indie rock music, which provides both a global perspective on their music and a distinctively English flavour. Together they provide a dazzling array of colours, textures and moods, and play a wide variety of music from medieval to innovative improvisation, all tailored to suit their distinctive sound.

Respectable Groove have played at many of the UK's major concert halls, including the Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, the Barbican Centre and two of the UK's leading festivals, Brighton and Henley on Thames. In addition, they have performed live on BBC Radio 3, and their music has received frequent airplay on national radio. The group tours Switzerland for the first time in June.

Contact Details
Evelyn Nallen
19 Norwich Street
Telephone 01223 561331

The ensemble is available for concerts, festival performances, music societies, jazz clubs and tours. Their music is suitable for both classical and jazz contexts, in fact any venue where quality of musical creativity is appreciated. Contact Evelyn Nallen for further details.

Members Evelyn Nallen (recorder), David Gordon (harpsichord), Ichiro Tatsuhara (percussion), Oli Hayhurst (double bass)
& Courses
The members of Respectable Groove are enthusiastic educators and offer workshops and classes in jazz, improvisation, recorder, keyboard and percussion at any level
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