Each month Peter Batten recommends a recording that jazz fans may wish to add to their personal library.
Bobby Wellins/Colin Purbrook: The Satin Album
I met Colin Purbrook at University, where we sometimes played in the same student bands. Later I bumped into him occasionally in London clubs. One evening he told me about a wonderful tenor saxophone player he had heard at a late-night jam session – Bobby Wellins.
Here they are, 40 years later, on a wonderful album which was a very special project for Bobby, inspired by his love of Billie Holiday. For a jazz musician sound is very important. Bobby plays with a unique sound, which gives his improvisation a strong yet very calm feeling.
Similarly Colin has a beautiful touch at the piano, which gives his playing a feeling of confident relaxation. Together with Dave Green and Clark Tracey they produce some beautiful music. Listen to the opening track, I’m a Fool.
[ The Satin Album was issued on JAZZIZIT JITCD 9607 ]
[Photo of Bobby Wellins at the South Coast Jazz Festival, 2015 by Rachel Zhang]