"A thrilling and satisfying album headed by a staunch quartet"
Blues and Soul Magazine

"Four musicians totally in sync with each other.."
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BATL QUARTET

Brandon Allen and Tim Lapthorn have been performing together for 17 years.

The saxophonist and pianist have played in various quartet formations at London's Ronnie Scott's for over 10 years.

This new explosive quartet features brand new material written by the leaders, channeling their respective influences.

Both players are known for their passionate and exciting style of playing.

They share a chemistry and intuition that pushes the music to places unknown, every night a new destination reached.

There is a great sense of melody and swing present in the music.

The quartet is completed by longtime musical associates Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums).

The compositional framework is relatively simple, allowing for spontaneous improvisation on the melodic content, rhythmic nature and harmonic structure of each piece.

The music is loosely influenced by Stan Getz and some of his later collaborations, Wayne Shorter's Bluenote albums and the music of Weather Report, Chick Corea, The John Coltrane Quartet, swing, bop, brazilian music, classical and contemporary music, the experience of life right now...

BATL recently recorded a live album at Pizza Express (Soho, London) on March 4th, 2019.

This new release is called BATL Quartet LIVE. 

From July-Sept 2019, a successful 20 date UK tour provided the opportunity to explore existing repetoire and inspire new compositions.

In 2020 the group will be touring extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.

They will also record a studio album.

Collectively, the members of the group have performed with Kyle Eastwood, Eddie Henderson, Ron Carter, Chris Potter, Bobby Wellins, Bruce Barth, Stefano Di Battista, Champian Fulton, Antonio Forcione, Omar, Eric Clapton and Paloma Faith. 

"His four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the saxophone - From Hawkins to Brecker- he's got em covered."
London Jazz News

Tim Lapthorn's pianistic abilities include a formidable technique and delicate touch, a wonderfully rich tone from the instrument. His equal command of strong melodicism, a loamy harmonic sense and an acute rhythmical drive make him the consummate jazz pianist.”
London Jazz News

2019 Tour Dates

11th May    The Hive (Shrewsbury)

30th May   BATL Duo @ Renaissance piano shop and cafe

24th June   Cadogan Hall Foyer (Jazz Series)

26th June   Brandon Allen Masterclass/concert @ The Purcell School

9th July      Masterclass/concert at The Guildhall

19th July    Oliver’s Jazz Bar (Greenwich)

22nd July   Early show @ Ronnie Scotts

23rd July   Early show @ Ronnie Scotts

24th July.   Early show @ Ronnie Scotts

25th July    The Fox (Twickenham)

26th July    Llandudno Jazz Festival playing "Gene Ammons"

27th July    The Archduke (Waterloo)

28th July    Boaters (Kingston)

29th July    The Late Late Show @ Ronnie Scotts playing "Transition"

31st July     Swansea Jazzland (Wales)

1st August   The Sound Cellar (Poole)

3rd August   Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire 

18th August   The Oval Tavern (Croydon)

24th August   The 606 club

29th August    Jazz Steps (Nottingham)

30th August   Hampstead Jazz Club

13th September    The Vortex

25th September    The Late Late Show @ Ronnie Scotts

More tour dates to be announced for 2020...