Dario Di Lecce and Steve Brown




Uh Huh

Full House
When Joanna Loved me
Ready And Able

The Right Time
O Pato

Without A Song
Soul Eyes

DARIO DI LECCE double bass STEVE BROWN drums



Trio Records proudly presnts the gas guzzling, full throttled quartet led by ace guitarist Nigel Price and his 'sidekick' the ever articulate Vasilis Xenopolous.


The album "SIDEKICKS' is Niel Price and Vasilis Xenopolous's tribute to the great guitar/saxophone partnerships in the great jaz tradition but with their own stamp of irreprssible swing and drive, and inventiveness.


Nigel Price has carved a deep channel into the UK jazz scene in the recent past, being omni present with his organ trio across the country (he successfully set up probably the longest ever continuous tour in UK jazz history). His enthusiasm for the music, and life in general, has seen him become a highly popular figure on the circuit. This does not belie the virtues of his guitar playing - one of the most fluent jazz improvisors of his generation. A British Jazz Award winner is surely fully justified. His playing is often featured at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. His sidekick on the album is an equaly talented saxophone player, Vasilis Xenopolous. Greek in origin, Vasilis Xenopolous moved to London in 2002 and since wowed audiences with his sheer flare and driving playing.


Together they make up a formidable team. Add the Italian bass plyer Dario Di Lecce and Steve Brown to the mix and the band make a supremely satisfying and swinging album, that pays homage to their guitar/saxophone heros which include the likes of Wes Montgomery/Stanley turrentine, Jim Hall,/Paul Desmond, Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd etc.



"Put a tenor saxophonist and a guitarist together and you’ve got a band. There’s something about the combination of saxophone and electric guitar that just works. When the players are, respectively, Vasilis Xenopoulos and Nigel Price, with Dario Di Lecce on bass and Steve Brown on drums, the outcome is downright irresistible. Over the past few years the London jazz scene has become a magnet for young musicians from Europe, and Xenopoulos/Price Quartet is one of the more outstanding results.

Xenopoulos, originally from Athens, settled here in 2002, while Di Lecce arrived from Bari five years ago. Price is a dynamic guitarist, with the rare gift of instinctive empathy. His accompaniments are as incisive and inspired as his solos. Xenopoulos has a briskly fluent style which gently mellows at slower tempos. All 10 numbers are pieces associated with jazz sax-guitar duos over the years. XPQ’s version of When Joanna Loved Me is a little masterpiece, easily equal to the Paul Desmond/Jim Hall original, although quite different in approach. And O Pato, a jazz samba, sets off rhythmic sparks, with Di Lecce and Brown making some very tricky stuff sound deceptively easy.

Dave Gelly, The Guardian ****