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Alec Dankworth (bass) Julian Arguelles (saxes), Christian Garrick (violin),
Phil Robson (guitar), Jean-Pierre Rasle (bagpipes),Marc Miralta (drums and percussion) with Emily Dankworth (vocals), Cleo Laine (vocals).




Label Basho Records
Release Date: 7th July 2008
Title "Spanish Accents”
Artist Alec Dankworth
Catalogue Number SRCD 21-2

1. Palmas –Alec Dankworth- 6:12
2. Los Cuatros Muleros –trad, arr. Alec Dankworth- 3:10
3. La Calma - Alec Dankworth – 0:42
4. El Levante - Alec Dankworth – 6:49
5. Armando’s Rhumba –Chick Corea- 5:36
6. Concierto de Aranjuez –Rodrigo arr. Alec Dankworth – 7:03
7. Cantos –trad. Arr. Alec Dankworth – 4:03
8. Yo me Enamore un Aire –trad. Arr. Alec Dankworth – 4:12
9.Con Alma – Dizzy Gillespie 6:56
10.Tears of Rain – Pat Metheny 5:59
11. Salsa for Eddie G – Jack de Johnette 7:28
12. Dreams of Castilla – Alan Clare/Cleo Laine 6:35

Total Time: 65:18

Alec Dankworth’s long-standing love of all things Spanish provided the inspiration for this album. Metheny, Corea, even Rodrigo are reinvented alongside traditional folk songs and originals in flamenco rhythms creating a wonderful and genuinely Spanish world. A heady mix of top British players - guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Julian Arguelles, Chris Garrick’s gorgeous violin, and Alec Dankworth’s bass interweaving with the genuinely Spanish drumwork of Barcelona-based Marc Miralta make this an unusual line-up. Added to this is some intriguing drone-work from French bagpipe expert Jean-Pierre Rasle. Three tracks include singing from the youngest member of the Dankworth dynasty, Emily, as well as the great Cleo Laine. The album launch party will be on Tuesday 8th July at St Cyprian’s Church in Marylebone at 6.30 p.m.

'Long arabesque lines that resonate with emotion' - Independent
'Brings quite the warmest and intuitively phrased touch to his melodic solos' - Venue
'The paragon of bass uprightness' – Observer

Alec Dankworth after studying at Berklee College of Music, joined the Clark Tracey Quintet, Julian Joseph Quartet and Nigel Kennedy’s Wasp Factory. While living in New York he played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and joined the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Alec performs with Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Georgie Fame and has worked with Van Morrison. The Alec Dankworth Trio's debut album ‘If You’re Passing By’ was released in 2003. Alec has performed with Mose Allison, Guy Barker, Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Griffin, Abdullah Ibrahim, Marian McPartland, Courtney Pine, George Shearing, Tommy Smith, Clark Terry and Mel Torme. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.

Julian Arguelles has gained recognition as a creative and original musician. At 20 he joined the band Loose Tubes. He has worked with Carla Bley, Evan Parker and Django Bates. He has toured and recorded with Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, Django Bates, John Scofield, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell and John Taylor. He has recorded five CDs as a leader of his own groups. His latest release ‘Escapade’ (Provocateur) gained wide critical acclaim. Julian’s home is in Scotland and is a member of the Colin Steele Quintet. He recently took up a full time post with the HR Big band in Frankfurt.

Phil Robson has played with Jean Toussaint, Gerard Prescencer, Tim Garland and Iain Ballamy's Acme. He co leads the band "Partisans" with Julian Siegel and has recorded two CDs with the Partisans to date. In 2002 Phil released his debut solo CD, 'Impish' (Babel), with special guest John Taylor on Piano. He has just completed a National tour leading a Trio with US stars Billy Hart on Drums and James Genus on Bass. He is a regular partner of the Irish vocalist Christine Tobin.

Christian Garrick is widely recognised as the foremost jazz violinist in Britain. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has recorded three solo albums. The second, Different Strokes, was called "The outstanding British album of the year" in the Sunday Times; and the new album Four Spirits is receiving universal critical acclaim. Chris has worked and recorded with Julian Joseph, The Brand New Heavies, Gary Potter, All About Eve, Luka Bloom and Brian Ferry. He has toured with guitarist John Etheridge in a tribute to Stephane Grappelli.

Marc Miralta is one of the most well known Spanish drummers in the jazz world, both in 'traditional' jazz as well as in 'flamenco-jazz' fusion. Marc studied drums and tablas in Barcelona, and then at Berklee School of Music. He lived in New York for 6 years and has performed with Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Paquito D'Rivera, Joshua Redman, Perico Sambeat, He has recorded many records including with Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Aaron Goldberg, and with his own band 'New York Flamenco Reunion'.

Jean Pierre Rasle was originally from Sancerre, but he also studied and lived in England for many years. He has performed in a huge variety of contexts, early music, folk and rock and is well known for his work with Jah Wobble, The Cock and Bull Band, The Dancing Drones. He is an expert on all aspects of drone music.

Emily Dankworth is the youngest vocalist in a family of highly accomplished singers and musicians. Emily’s contribution to the album works beautifully on the simply Spanish folk tunes.

Cleo Laine
Cleo Laine is a singer who has done just about everything. She's played everywhere - English dance halls to London's Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie to the Blue Note Cafe. She's been on stage, on Broadway, to London's West End, done opera and the BBC. "One of the best singers in the world…"Newsweek

2008 DATES

Fri 30 May Mold, Theatr Clywd, Wales 8.00 p.m.
0845 330 3565

Tue 8 July London, St. Cyprian’s, Marylebone 6.30 p.m.
020 7724 2389

Fri 8 Aug Kersey, Kersey Mill Suffolk 8.30 p.m.
01787 211 865

Fri 5 Sep Lincoln, Drill Hall Lincoln 8.00 p.m.
01522 873894

Tue 9 Sep Milton Keynes, The Stables,Wavendon 8.00 p.m.
01908 280 800

Wed 10 Sep Eastleigh. Concord Club, 9.00 p.m.
023 8065 1478

Fri 10 Oct Goring, The Gap Gig Village Hall tbc
01491 874492

Fri 7 Nov Brighton, Komedia Studio Bar (Trio)
01273 647100 8.00 p.m.

Thu 11 Dec Altrincham, Cinnamon Club, Bowden
0161 926 8992 7.30 p.m.

25/07/2008 John Fordham, The Guardian 4stars****

It doesn't matter how familiar the tunes are - and on this Spanish-themed set, they're very familiar, from Armando's Rhumba to Con Alma - any album with saxophonist Julian Arguelles on it is bound to avoid cliche. Alec Dankworth is a rock-solid, imaginative jazz bassist, but this is more like an ECM setting for him, in its deployment of violins, bagpipes, handclaps, softly sonorous drumming and classically intoned vocals. Its great strengths are the extended improvisations of Arguelles (particularly on tenor sax, where he sounds at times like a 21st-century version of 1960s Stan Getz) and the elegant violin of Chris Garrick. It misses a little on an account of Concierto de Aranjuez, and Jean-Pierre Rasle's bagpipes aren't always entirely secure with the pulse or the pitch. But Dankworth's playing has a captivating bounce, his own themes gently personal yet deeply rooted in the idiom. And the resourceful Phil Robson plays Spanish guitar as if raised on it.

06/07/2008 Dave Gelly, The Observer

Jazz, as Jelly Roll Morton observed, works very well with a 'Spanish tinge' and Dankworth, with his special fondness for all things Spanish, proves the point here. Alongside his own compositions and arrangements of folk songs, there are Spanish-jazz pieces by Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea. He works them all into an attractive patchwork of rhythms and textures using six players - saxophone, violin, bagpipes, guitar, bass and percussion - and two singers, his daughter Emily and his mother, Cleo Laine. Dankworth's bass playing, sounding at times like an enormous Spanish guitar, is outstanding.

04/07/2008 Ray Comiskey, Irish Times 4 stars****

Iberian-flavoured jazz, folksong and classical music are attractively fleshed out by a group that includes Julian Argüelles (tenor/soprano), Phil Robson (guitars), Chris Garrick (violin) and the wonderful drumming of Marc Miralta. Bassist Alec Dankworth contributes two strikingly idiomatic originals (Palmas and El Levante) to a wide-ranging programme in which French bagpipes specialist Jean-Pierre Rasle is comfortably accommodated on a couple of folk songs (with lyrics sung by Emily Dankworth).
Materfamilias Cleo Laine provides the album footnote with her own Dreams of Castilla . Despite the hackneyed choice of Rodrigo's guitar Concierto in a repertoire that includes originals by Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie and Jack DeJohnette, the band's considerable talents create something homogenous without losing its exotic accent.

01/07/2008 Jazzwise - Robert Shore

Alec Dankworth has shared stages with Stephane Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim and Courtney Pine, not to mention his dad, John, and mum, Cleo Laine. So he hardly needs to give further evidence of his chops as a player. But with this highly engaging and original set of ambient Hispanica, Dankworth really emerges as a bandleader in his own right. Pursuing a fresh and fruitful line of musical thinking and surrounding himself with a crack team – including French bagpipe specialist Rasle and Barcelona-based percussionist Miralta, who adds a host of authentic rhythmic flavours – Dankworth sets out to explore a variety of Spanish moods, employing a richly diverse sound palette to do so. There are stirringly romantic original compositions (the flamenco-fuelled ‘Palmas’ and ‘El Levante’), versions of Spanish-related jazz and non-jazz standards (from Chick Corea’s ‘Armando’s Rhumba’ to Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’) and seductive takes on traditional Iberian folk songs (‘Cantos’)

03/06/2008 Chris Parker, Vortex Website

As its title suggests, this album takes its inspiration from jazz's 'Spanish tinge', deploying various combinations of bassist/composer Alec Dankworth, guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Julian Argüelles, violinist Chris Garrick, bagpiper Jean-Pierre Rasle and Barcelona-based drummer Marc Miralta (plus singers Emily Dankworth and Cleo Laine) to range through a skilfully varied repertoire including everything from Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez', through traditional pieces and appropriate material by the likes of Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny and Dizzy Gillespie, to original compositions by Dankworth himself. The core of the band, the trio of Dankworth, Robson and Argüelles, recorded a mysteriously underrated album, If You're Passing By (Candid) in 2003, and there is consequently a fine easy coherence to the group's interaction here, Argüelles's familiar bubblingly elegant saxophone sound affectingly set off by Robson's wonderfully versatile guitar playing (filigree-delicate one minute, spikily assertive the next) and Dankworth's full-bodied but agile bass. Garrick's violin and Rasle's pipes provide welcome touches of stridency to the sound-mix as required, and with Miralta subtly driving the whole either with kit, percussion or hand-clapping (palmas), the album's textural and rhythmic variation renders the programme wholly absorbing. Emily Dankworth has a beautifully pure, ringing voice, particularly appropriate for the traditional love song, 'Los Cuatros Muleros', and with Cleo Laine bringing all her warmth and experience to the album's closer, 'Dreams of Castilla' (which she wrote with Alan Clare), this is a fine, wide-ranging but ultimately pleasingly homogeneous album, impeccably performed and intelligently programmed.