Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
Sam Mayne, Bob Martin, Paul Fawcus (alto saxes)
Frank Griffith, Simon Savage (tenor saxes)
Bob McKay (baritone sax)
Darren Wiles, Craig Wild, Oliver Preece, Henry Collins (trumpets)
Liam Kirkman, Simon Walker, Barnaby Dickinson, Adrian Hallowell (trombones)
Matt O'Regan (piano)
Dave Jones (bass)
Pete Cater (drums)
Recorded at Abbey Road Studio No.2, London
"There's so much to listen to that you'll go on finding new things each time you play it. And I guarantee you'll play it a lot."
Witness You Don't Know What Love is', powered by Cater and the wonderfully propulsive bassist Dave Jones, this fairly bursts out of the speakers, with (Sam) Mayne and (Henry) Collins in jubilant form.Getting There' by (Matt) Wates lopes along engagingly.this performance as foot-tapping as they come.Cater, inevitably, underscores and emphasises the shapes of these pieces, taking his breaks with aplomb but never outstaying his welcome.Stirring yet creative, avoiding pastiche, here's a vindication, if one was needed, of Cater's stubborn commitment to quality big band jazz.
Peter Vacher, Jazzwise, July 2006
Pete Cater is arguably Great Britain's foremost big-band drummer, and The Right Time is yet another album this would be the third, and second on Vocalion of swinging, straight-ahead jazz by Cater and his ebullient ensemble from across the pond. As for the title, it should go without saying that any time is the right time to kick back and enjoy a pleasurable hour of top-of-the-line music by one of the UK's most proficient bands ... As for Cater, BBC2 big-band authority Malcolm Laycock is quoted in Dave Gelly's admirable liner notes as saying that Pete reminds him most of Louie Bellson, and that's an altogether perceptive appraisal. Like Bellson, Cater has power to spare but knows when to ease back on the pedal and give the ensemble and soloists ample space to breathe. In other words, he balances power with tastefulness, which has long been Louie's stock in trade. And like Bellson, Cater supervises a spectacular big band that one must hear to appreciate.
Jack Bowers, www.allaboutjazz.com, June 2006
The Big Band of leading British jazz drummer Pete Cater is back, and it's on Vocalion. The Right Time is the brilliant follow-up to his first album for Vocalion (Upswing! CDSA 6801/CDSA 4801 SACD version), and features more than an hour's worth of the finest, most swinging, take-no-prisoners contemporary big band jazz to be found anywhere. Pete has a longstanding reputation as one of the UK's best jazzmen, and the powerhouse big band he leads on The Right Time similarly consists of some of Britain's outstanding jazz instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. Among them is pianist Matt Wates, tenor saxophonists Frank Griffith and Simon Savage, bassist Dave Jones and alto saxophonists Sam Mayne and Bob Martin. Taking centre stage, of course, is Pete's phenomenal drumming and musicianship. On this album he leads his band with characteristic authority through a scintillating set of tunes ranging from standards (Teach Me Tonight and You Don't Know What Love Is) and original compositions (Holland Park and Getting There) to modern jazz-rock sounds (Wayne Shorter's Palladium). The Right Time is the Pete Cater Big Band at its very best, making it an essential addition to the CD collections of connoisseurs of the finest in big band music.
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