Derek's new acoustic quartet CD, Joyriding, will be launched at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, London on Wednesday 19th October 2011. It features the world-class line-up of Dave Newton (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums). TO BOOK, PLEASE CONTACT PIZZA EXPRESS ON 0845 6027 017
Joyriding is full of lyrical melodies and infectious rhythm, with nods to Derek's jazz roots – from Blue Note to Bossa to Mulliganesque counterpoint. This CD exudes the joy in the title and is sure to be a hit with Derek's audiences, new and long-standing.
It features four new compositions by Nash, demonstrating, as with his previous albums, his expertise as a composer as well as an instrumentalist - the title track, Joyriding, inspired by the 60s pop infusion of Blue Note records; Majolica, a joyful, Latin tune which provides Sebastiaan de Krom the perfect platform for his hand-drumming; Love at First Sound, a beautiful new ballad that could stand alongside the classics of the American Songbook, and Voodoo Rex, a New Orleans celebration, inspired by Derek's visit to the city and named after the alto sax he plays.
It also features three new compositions co-composed with his father, Pat Nash (BBC Northern Dance Orchestra arranger for over 35 years) a long-awaited collaboration since their co-written CD Setting New Standards (1998) - Waltz for My Father, a gentle yet complex piece invoking the subtle harmonies of Bill Evans; The Time of Your Life, taking his father's original 1940's style melody and adding a bebop alternative in the manner of Charlie Parker, and Haunting Me, interpreted as a Jobim-style bossa and, was so called as, in Pat's words, “it just kept haunting me”, and a further piece - Be My Valentine - by leading Musical Director and pianist, Phil Phillips. As Valentine songs are so rare, this delightful melody is included twice. A version featuring the intimate vocal style of Beverley Vaughan has been included as a bonus track so that listeners can enjoy the lyric.
New arrangements of two standards complete this album beautifully – All The Things You Are, a Jerome Kern classic performed in the style of Gerry Mulligan's pianoless quartet, but with nods to Brubeck via elegant classical counterpoint, and the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso, by world-famous composer Ennio Morricone, and featured here in a unique bossa version.