Dunstan Coulber - clarinet, tenor saxophone
John Pearce - piano
Nik Preston - bass
Clark Tracey - drums
01 How Strange
02 Youíre My Everything
03 Iíll Be Around
04 If I Should Lose You
05 I Hear A Rhapsody
06 Reaching For the Moon
07 You Go To My Head
08 For Heavenís Sake
09 Embraceable You
10 Iíve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
11 Just One Of Those Things
12 In Your Own Sweet Way
13 That Old Feeling
Recorded on November 21 and 22, 2003 at Gateway Studio, Kingston, England.
Dunstan Coulber deserves great credit for showing that jazz from pre-Coltrane eras can still provide fertile soil for the development of a personal style.
Iíll Be Around is an album which is really lovely to listen to, throughout, and who needs more than that?
Clarinettist and tenor saxophonist, Dunstan Coulber first came to the attention of the general public when he won the Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award in April 2000. Since then he has featured each year in the nominations for the annual British Jazz Awards. His talent has been recognised and encouraged by a number of world renowned jazz stars; among them Wynton Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, John Dankworth and Humphrey Lyttelton with all of whom he has played.
Dunstan formed The Dunstan Coulber Quartet early in 1999 with a clear idea of the music he wanted to be playing. Firmly rooted in the swinging mainstream jazz tradition, the Quartet have pursued Dunstan's aim of bringing a fresh, up to date interpretation to the classics of the great American song book and out-of-the-way standards.
What the Critics are saying about Dunstan Coulber:
"It's very encouraging to have such a dedicated young musician playing this music and keeping it so vigorously alive. ...a swing clarinettist of fleetness and charm ... secure and decisive."
ó Dave Gelly, The Observer
"Coulber plays everything with lightness and ease as if he's having the time of his life, his tone and his ideas bounce with life."
ó John Fordham, Jazz UK
"...demonstrates that clarinet playing doesn't have to be steeped in the past."
ó Roger Trapp, The Independent
"Coulber's approach is refreshingly robust and unfussy, his tone sure and precise without being dryly academic, his time and sense of swing near perfect. Coulber's arrival on the scene is a matter for some celebration."
ó Chris Parker
"He achieves what he intends to with some fluency and polish and touches of delicacy. The high point of his style is the simple and straightforward way he presents the melodies allowing us to relish their superbly crafted cadences with little in the way of distracting embellishment."
ó Anthony Troon, Jazz Review
"The album epitomises the enduring standards of good taste, swing, melody and inventiveness... ...Coulber has a fully developed personal style based on Goodman and Shaw with seamless integration of more modern influences... ...sheer quality and vivacity of playing."
ó Bob Weir, Jazz Journal International