The band moves effortlessly from one piece to the next, traversing each shift and each chord change as a cohesive unit.
Portland's Bridge Quartet, an exciting collective ensemble, brings four critically acclaimed musicians together. Known for their adventurous, hard-swinging playing and inventive compositions, pianist Darrell Grant, saxophonist Phil Dwyer, bassist Tom Wakeling, and drummer Alan Jones combine deep swing and lyricism, with harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness to make music that bridges day and night, power and tenderness, past and future, countries and continents, hearts ...
1) WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY 7:37
2) EXIDENCE 10:28
3) ANGEL STREET 6:33
4) WHERE OR WHEN 6:38
5) STRODE RODE 5:48
6) ITALIAN SORROW 7:51
7) MILESTONES 8:28
8) THREE FOR THREE 6:41
Produced by The Bridge Quartet
Recorded March, 2007 in Oregon City, OR
Engineered by Nick Moon
Mixed and Mastered by Nick Moon,
Alan Jones & Tom Wakeling
Cover photography by Todd Bishop
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz.com (John Barron)
The Portland, Oregon-based Bridge Quartet is a group of hard-swinging musical daredevils who play with ultra-modern sensibilities. The ensemble consists of drummer Alan Jones, pianist Darrell Grant, bassist Tom Wakeling and Canadian saxophonist Phil Dwyer. Their debut release, Day, contains fresh takes on well-worn standards like "Wouldn't It Be Lo ...
Audiophile Audition (John Henry)
The idea of "bridge" has several connotations in connection with this new CD. It was recorded in Portland, Oregon where 11 bridges connect the west side of the city to the east side. The players see music itself as a bridge between people, ideologies, cultures and so on, and the form of a tune is a bridge between the performers. Finally, the quar ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Stemming from a missed gig and a somewhat hurried recording session following, Day introduces the Bridge Quartet, a collection of jazzers from Portland (and nearby) in their first collaboration. Particularly given their short history as a quartet, the sound is incredible. Phil Dwyer's sax keeps a solid tone, at home in a smoky nightclub, and takes ...
The Davis Enterprise (Ric Bang)
The Bridge Quartet is another of the many fine groups to have started in the Pacific Northwest. Drummer Alan Jones, a Portland, Ore., native, has been involved with several other excellent combos over the years, and he was the catalyst for this organization. He's joined by Canadian saxophonist Phil Dwyer; bassist Tom Wakeling; and pianist Darrel ...
Times Colonist, Vancouver, B.C. (Joseph Blake)
Qualicum Beach's Phil Dwyer and Portland-based drummer Alan Jones have had a long, fruitful musical relationship, and they team-up again on this recording also featuring another pair of musicians from Portland, pianist Darrell Grant and bassist Tom Wakeling. The quartet's repertoire includes originals by Jones and Dwyer and joyful, tender readings ...