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The JULIAN SIEGEL QUARTET released their second album Urban Theme Park in April 2011, the follow up to the debut album ‘Close Up’ released in 2002 to rave reviews. With the Julian Siegel Quartet, Julian has chosen to work with some of this generation's most distinctive voices to create a group that is becoming one of the most in-demand quartets on the scene.
“When the Julian Siegel Quartet perform live it’s a fantastic ride”
Jez Nelson, BBC Radio Jazz on 3, July 2011
The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel’s music and playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can turn. With the creative spark of dynamic drummer Gene Calderazzo and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble this is unquestionably one of the UK’s most exciting and powerful quartets. The music the band plays moves freely through varied sound-worlds and colours, from undercurrents of bop into electro-acoustic trance, from an acoustic quartet playing early-electric Miles to dancing West African drum grooves, searching ballads and joyful melodies.
The Julian Siegel Quartet was one the of top UK jazz acts who toured Germany and Austria in March 2011 as part of the Brit Jazz travelling-festival put together by Burkhard Hopper, former manager of the late Esbjorn Svensson.
"A dream team of London jazz talent...Urban Theme Park is a thing of charm and poise – in the best sense, a very English record. With such a knack for drawing on jazz traditions while remaining fresh and forward-looking, the Julian Siegel Quartet are the perfect illustration of why British jazz is turning heads the world over. Siegel’s tunes fit are a mix of fiendish, time-twisting grooves, building riffs and brightly hummable melodies, never mere blowing exercises, their through-composed nature gives them real drama and momentum.”
Edward Randell – MusicOMH
"Urban Theme Park' is darn good fun...already a major contender for album of the year and its not even spring yet" Andy Robson, Jazzwise Magazine, March 2011