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BOBBY WELLINS

featuring Mark Edwards, Andrew Cleyndert and Spike Wells

Bobby Wellins - WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT- TR572

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A set recorded at the 2005 Appleby Jazz Festival finds saxophonist Bobby Wellins in stunning form with a perfectly balanced trio featuring the great original piano playing of Mark Edwards, and the driving drums of Spike Wells. The set is presented in its entirety giving a enlightening view of the creativity of the group.

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No other tenor saxophonist in the world sounds quite like Bobby Wellins. His gentle yet passionate tone could add lustre to the most banal musical idea, but I doubt whether he has had a banal idea in his long career. Even a tune as familiar as 'When You Wish Upon a Star' becomes filled with mysterious possibilities. This set was recorded live at last summer's Appleby Festival, 40 years after Bobby Wellins first made his mark in Stan Tracey's classic Under Milk Wood, but his playing sounds as fresh and exciting as ever. Great band, too, especially drummer Spike Wells, who seems to read the soloist's mind.
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