"A thrilling and satisfying album headed by a staunch quartet"
Blues and Soul Magazine
"Four musicians totally in sync with each other.."
Bebop spoken here
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
BATL Quartet LIVE CD REVIEWS
Lance Liddle - Bebop Spoken here
Emrys Baird - Blues and Soul Magazine
Southampton Jazz Club
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...