The Quartet Reviews

The Independent – 25th August 2007

This new British Band is built around the soundtrack writer and producer Jack Hues and the pianist Sam Bailey. Citing Influences as diverse as Mingus and Monk to Radiohead and Pink Floyd, they have come up with a lively album that shifts between full-on improvisation and memorable ballads. It is infectious and bursting with ideas […]

The Guardian – September 2007

*** The-Quartet are a welcome addition to the UK jazz scene. Ex-Wang Chung guitarist-composer Jack Hues has a sound and attack that recalls Andy Summers, while his harmonic approach is reminiscent of Ray Crawford’s work for Gil Evans: instant cool. Add to this a strong backline and saxophonist Paul Booth (on four of the six […]

BBC Online – September 2007

Guitarists have egos. So jazz groups led by guitarists can be, well… egotistical. Thankfully Jack Hues of new British jazz four piece The-Quartet knows you get better results through cooperation than competition. He’s more interested in tone, melody and texture than showing off. His lead lines flow naturally out of the compositions, so you don’t […]

Vortex Jazz – July 2008

With just guitarist/composer Jack Hues and keyboardist/composer Sam Bailey still present from The-Quartet’s debut CD (Illuminated, Helium HeCD001), and with bassist Tom Mason and drummer Dave Smith replacing Rutledge Turnlund and Michael Porter respectively, occasionally augmented by saxophonist Paul Booth and trumpeter Duncan MacKay, Shattering represents a slight change of emphasis for the band. Instead […]