Steve Fishwick-Osian Roberts International Sextet

Steve Fishwick (t) Osian Roberts   Albert Sanz (p) Giorgos Antoniou (b) Matt Fishwick (d) Frank Basile (sax)

Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts

Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts

Since Osian and Steve formed their Quintet in 2001 they have collaborated with such luminaries as Cedar Walton, Peter Washington, Hod O’ Brien, George Mraz and Frank Basile.  They have released three CDs and have toured the UK numerous times, played regularly throughout Europe and last year were invited to Rochester Jazz Festival in New York.  This latest edition of the quintet features pianist Albert Sanz from Valencia in Spain (Al Foster, Chris Cheek, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossy, Perico Sambeat) and from Greece via Switzerland, bassist Giorgos Antoniou (Cedar Walton, Benny Green, Scott Hamilton) plus one of the quintet’s mainstays Matt Fishwick on drums (Anita O’ Day, Harry Allen, Bob Cranshaw, Jeremy Pelt).

“Five hard bop masters that are a credit to jazz in the UK proving that we are leading the world when it comes to the real thing” David Lands (Jazz Journal)

Jack Massarik – ‘…With Cedar Walton!’ reviewed in the Evening Standard, CD of the week

Rating: **** (four stars) Proud to have US piano master Cedar Walton on board, yet no way overawed by his presence or by recording in Manhattan’s hallowed Nola studio, London’s Fishwick twins give good accounts of themselves here. Trumpeter Steve contributes a couple of originals and drummer Matt, who spent five productive years in New York, gels comfortably with Walton and US bassist Peter Washington. Osian Roberts, a Welsh tenorist remarkably close to Hank Mobley’s unique sound, also performs well. The hard-bop school of Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Clifford Brown had a timeless quality and these Anglo-American experts are strong enough to keep it alive.

Frank Basile

Frank Basile

Frank Basile is quickly becoming one of New York’s busiest and most in-demand
baritone saxophonists. Since moving to New York in 2001, Basile has been heard with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Dave Holland Big Band, The Joe Lovano Nonet, Michael Bublé, The Christian McBride Big Band, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano, The Richie Vitale Quintet, The Chris Byars Octet, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Dennis Mackrell’s Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, and The Jason Lindner Ensemble, among others.
Born in Illinois in 1978 and raised in Nebraska, Frank Basile began his musical studies in grade school. After four years on clarinet and alto saxophone, he made a permanent switch to the baritone saxophone. Once in high school, Basile’s interest in jazz began to grow and, with the help and encouragement of his parents, he sought out further instruction on the ins and outs of this great music. Basile was soon playing in numerous big bands and combos throughout the Omaha area. His senior year in high school, he won the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra’s first annual Young Artist Competition.


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  • Abbreviations:

    Abbreviations: (as) alto sax, (b) acoustic bass, (bjo) banjo, (bg) bass guitar, (bs) baritone sax, (cl) clarinet, (ct) cornet, (eg) electric guitar, (flg) flugel horn, (g) guitar, (kb) keyboard, (p) piano, (perc) percussion, (sousa) sousaphone, (t) trumpet, (tr) trombone, (ts) tenor sax, (vtr) valve trombone, (vibes) vibraphone, (viol) violin, (voc) voice.

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