THE JAZZ OF DUDLEY MOORE
Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 7:30 pm
CHRIS INGHAM piano - PAUL HIGGS trumpet - OWEN MORGAN bass - GEORGE DOUBLE drums
Dudley Moore’s fame as part of the Pete ‘n’ Dud comedy duo in the 1960s and beloved comic actor in Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s has rather overshadowed his achievements as a dazzling jazz pianist and a composer of wit and emotional depth. Consequently, his delightful music is hugely undervalued and rarely played.
Some pieces are quintessential expressions of the bright, optimistic, swinging ‘60s, others are deeply poignant, personal expressions of a darker, more complex world. Sometimes there is a unique and bittersweet mix of the two.
Following their praised Hoagy Carmichael project, the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit Moore’s 1960s music on their new CD Dudley, with sounds from Dud’s fabulous 1960s Decca jazz trio albums, the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).
Unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile...Dudley would have been delighted **** OBSERVER
Swing, humour and poignancy...a jazz joy **** MOJO
An intimate and affectionate tribute that’s very Moore-ish indeed. JAZZ JOURNAL
The emotional range and depth has resulted in an intimate and heartfelt pleasure LONDON JAZZ NEWS