Jazz Line-Up this week presents The Jim Mullen Reunion Band, a stellar cast of British jazz musicians
Jim Mullen on Guitar, Gareth Williams,Piano; Mick Hutton, Bass and Gary Husband, Drums.
As the name suggests this band is a reunion of the Quartet that was in existence for six years from 1996. Its members are amongst the most experienced jazz musicians in the country and the group developed an extremely powerful musical identity during its lifetime. The Quartet has recorded five CDs: We Go Back (1996), Live In Glasgow (1997), Burns (2000), Animation (2001), Somewhere In The Hills (2002). This group is one of the most powerful and exciting bands ever to appear on the UK Jazz Scene.
Jim Mullen moved to London from Glasgow in 1969, going on to work in the groups of Pete Brown, Brian Auger Vinegar Joe and Kokomo . In 1975 he met sax player Dick Morrissey and began a 15 year association. After the demise of Morrissey Mullen he worked with jazz vocalist Claire Martin and formed a series of quartets . As sideman he is in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison and, Jimmy Smith. He is twice winner of 'Best Guitar' in the British Telecom jazz awards and 'Best Guitar' in the British Jazz Awards for 2000.
Also on the show, Claire profiles Geri Allen's album "The Gathering" in the company of Kevin Le Gendre in this month's 'Now Is The Time' feature.