Derek Nash is heard on all the best records and concerts, but his name may elude you. There are few better saxophonists in the UK, as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and more will agree. A prominent member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, he has led the award-winning Sax Appeal band for 30 years.
He steps into the limelight with Joyriding (Jazzizit Records) by the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet, an album of mainly original compositions, and it is a stunner.
The title track nicks Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder rhythm, alternating with bright, Blue Note swing sections, Martin Shaw guesting on trumpet alongside Nash’s tenor. Three new compositions are with his father, Pat Nash, BBC Northern Dance Orchestra arranger for 35 years, The Time Of Your Life, Haunting Me and Waltz For My Father, the latter on soprano saxophone, a jazz waltz beautifully recorded, as is the whole album.
One of the best rhythm sections in UK jazz – Dave Newton (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) get the benefit of Nash’s recording production expertise in the definition of each instrument in the mix. Nash excels on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; a totally joyful album.
Review by Ron Burnett - The York Press