an intriguing, moody, sonic journey **** Mojo
instant cool ****The Guardian
evocative… allusive and moving ***Jazzwise
infectious and bursting with ideas – Album Of The Week, The Independent
Miles, Floyd, Zappa **** Mojo
The Quartet is the remarkably free, natural and unbounded collaboration of four very different, but like-minded musicians. These contrasts and connections are explored in their new album ‘Illuminated, a vivid and expansive expression of their many musical horizons.
Citing an exhilarating mixture of influences including Thelonius Monk, Brad Mehldau, Radiohead, Charles Mingus, Pink Floyd and Miles Davies, The Quartet’s creative heart is Jack Hues and Sam Bailey.
Despite radically different musical backgrounds, they have become an intuitive and prolific creative partnership. A gifted songwriter and composer, Jack has a string of top 20 hits, film soundtracks and production credits to his name, including Wang Chung and Definition of Sound. Sam is a classically trained pianist, a former pupil of the late Ronald Smith, who brings enormous talent as a composer and improviser to the process
Their skills and ideas are given greater breadth and depth by seasoned session player Rutledge Turnlund and drummer Michael Porter. They are joined on four of the six tracks by saxophonist Paul Booth, one of the brightest rising stars of the British Jazz scene, and by classical violinist Charlie Brown. With the input of producer Chris Hughes, best known for his work with Tears for Fears and Adam and The Ants, the band have inspired and developed some of Jack Hues’ most innovative compositions.
In ‘Illuminated’ The Quartet has escaped from the narrowcast and formulaic, expanding their creative perspective into something distinctive, vibrant and particular. From the hauntingly beautiful ‘Fallujah’ to the irreverent energy of ‘Brahms Blues’, ‘Illuminated’ is a glorious and real journey of adventure and possibility.
The Quartet’s ‘Illuminated’ was the first album released by Helium Records .