01 Then and Now (Biscoe) 7.11
02 Easy Living (Rainger/Robin) 7.16
03 Rest Easy (Biscoe) 4.18
04 How Deep is The Ocean (Berlin arr. Neale) 4.29
05 Lover (Rodgers/Hart) 5.50
06 Indian (Summer Herbert) 6.56
07 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern/Fields) 7.11
Total playing time 43.29
Chris Biscoe baritone sax Allison Neale alto sax
Jeremy Brown double bass Stu Butterfield drums
Colin Oxley guitar (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7)
THEN AND NOW is the fourth release on Trio Records for Chris Biscoe and is the second for Allison Neale; two highly distinguished saxophonists collaborating on a project around the music of two jazz legends.
Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians. The Mulligan and Desmond recordings were by a quartet of baritone and alto sax, bass and drums. CD re-releases included some tracks with guitar added. The first CD by the band, Then and Now (Trio TR597), is due for release in 2017 and includes three performances by the quartet (two saxes, bass and drums) and four on which guitarist Colin Oxley joins us. Colin’s playing is an object lesson in how to enrich the harmonies and add to the rhythmic drive without detracting from the interplay between the saxes which is the hallmark of this band. Easy Living, Lover and The Way You Look Tonight include parts of the arrangements featured on the recordings made together by Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. Arrangements transcribed by Allison Neale. How Deep Is The Ocean is a new arrangement by Allison Neale. Rest Easy (based on the chords of Star Eyes) and Then and Now , which reconstructs the chord sequence of What’s New, were composed for the band by Chris Biscoe.