Back in the day there was HEAD, the Glasgow-based quintet which more-or-less created the Scottish jazz-rock scene!
Leading on from those days there is now HEAD2HEAD, the new sextet created by me and Bill Kyle (our drummer) .
Here are some comments from the BROADWAY BABY review of our 2012 Edinburgh Fringe show at the Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh:
Broadway Baby Rating: ****
"Head2Head is a jazz-rock group with a fantastic sound and a range of styles, from classic to contemporary."
"The band has a penchant for upbeat bouncy melodies that make the audience want to get up and dance..."
"The brass players really excel at their craft and produce a strong sound with lots of gumption. Their fingers move so quickly over the keys that the years of training and performances that have gone before are obvious."
"Head2Head provides lovely music that really knocks your socks off."
...and here is the SCOTSMAN review of our 2012 Edinburgh Fringe show at the Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh...
Review: Head2Head, The Jazz Bar (Venue 57)By JIM GILCHRIST
Published on Wednesday 15 August 2012 18:51
It isn’t every night you hear extracts from opera or ballet resounding from the crammed stage of the Jazz Bar.
Star rating: * * * *
"...the music was delivered by a punchy brass’n’reed front line, driven by drums, guitar and the electric bass guitar of the music’s composer, Graham Robb, revelling in the latest periodic incarnation of his powerful jazz-rock ensemble, Head2Head."
"...was anything but a creaky nostalgia trip, featuring as it did a muscular triple-horn front row of trumpeter Cameron Jay, Stuart Forbes on tenor sax and Sam Coombes on alto, plus American guitarist Tom Davis."
"...while Putting It Together, actually the title of one of Robb’s jazz text books, did indeed assemble itself – as did this band – with impressive efficiency."
I've been simultaneously busy and lazy recently: busy writing a lot of new music for HEAD2HEAD, creating a new edition of Charpentier's "Messe de Minuit" for Pitlochry & District Choral Society (which I conduct), working with international maestro Iain Sutherland to recreate the City of Perth Sinfonia as a new freelance orchestra, and lazy because I haven't updated this website in eons!
However I just HAVE to state here and now that the new-look, and more importantly the new-sound, for HEAD2HEAD is brilliant! We're now a septet - SEVEN of us! - all crowded onto the stage at the Jazz Bar for the last couple of nights! Two great gigs!
The new line-up is:
Alan Wylie - trumpet
Jonathan Edwards - alto
Sam Coombes - tenor
Adam McCloy - baritone
Joe Williamson - guitar
Bill Kyle - drums
me - bass guitar. (I have to play electric, there's no room for the string bass!)
As always, I write the music.
Adding newcomer Adam playing the baritone to the already powerhouse front line makes the sound HUGE, and Joe Williamson is an extraordinarily exciting new young player. One to watch!
We'll be back... watch this space! (Gotta get some new pics...)