June Tabor - vocals
Huw Warren - piano
Iain Ballamy - saxophones
Quercus released their debut recording on ECM records (ECM 2276) on 1st April. Visit the Quercus ECM Player for background information and to listen to track sample.
Three unique musicians converge to create an evocative mixture of words and music, encompassing jazz, folk and traditional songs in contemporary settings. Saxophonist Iain Ballamy, and pianist Huw Warren, winner of the 2005 BBC Jazz Award, both have international reputations as composers; June Tabor is quite simply one of today's most commanding and distinctive interpreters of traditional song.
June Tabor's singing career, initially unaccompanied, grew alongside those of contemporaries such as Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Martin Simpson and Maddy Prior. A restless creativity has led her into unexpected collaborations where she has applied her interpretational acuity to material by writers including Duke Ellington, Elvis Costello, Tchaikovsky and Tom Jobim.
Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians / composers Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) under the name Quercus. The performance they create is lyrical, harmonically intriguing and quietly emotional, using original instrumental pieces as breathing spaces between sets of songs. The result is a fertile musical microclimate in which Tabor's natural eclecticism truly thrives.
"But always that voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful."
Chris Jones, BBC Music