QUERCUS by QUERCUS

Quercus
an unparalleled recording that marries centuries of British traditionalism and thoroughly modern improvisation into something altogether new and astonishingly successful.
— All About Jazz *****
Just listen and be mesmerised.
— Jazzwise
QUERCUS
1. LASSIE LIE NEAR ME
(Traditional)
05:09
2. COME AWAY DEATH
(Traditional, Iain Ballamy)
06:31
3. AS I ROVED OUT
(Traditional)
05:56
4. THE LADS IN THEIR HUNDREDS
(George Butterworth)
05:35
5. TEARES
(Huw Warren)
03:54
6. NEAR BUT FAR AWAY
(Iain Ballamy)
07:27
7. BRIGG FAIR
(Traditional)
02:25
8. WHO WANTS THE EVENING ROSE
(Yosef Hadar)
04:41
9. THIS IS ALWAYS
(Harry Warren)
04:35
10. A TALE FROM HISTORY (THE SHOOTING)
(David Ballantine)
04:31
11. ALL I ASK OF YOU
(Gregory Norbet)
08:03

 

Nightfall by Quercus

Released: 15.03.2013
ECM Records (ECM 2276)

June Tabor - voice
Iain Ballamy - tenor & soprano saxophones
Huw Warren - piano

‘Quercus’ means ‘oak’ in Latin and the roots of this particular tree dig deep into British folk music, while leaves and branches reach upward to embrace jazz-inspired lyrical improvising. The trio features the venerable English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to underscore the emotional essence of a ballad: “As I get older, I understand more the depths of sorrow and joy that made the song”, she has said. Tabor, who was recently voted BBC Folk Awards Singer Of The Year, is joined in the Quercus project by Welsh jazz pianist and composer Huw Warren, and by English saxophonist Iain Ballamy, well-known to ECM listeners as co-leader of the band Food. This is the first Quercus album but the trio has existed already for seven years, patiently developing its unique idiomatic blend.

ECM Records.

It’s a unique tribute to the power of song.
— The Guardian ****
This music will not get out of your veins for quite some time.
— Jazz Weekly ****