Award-winning Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele has won admirers across Europe for his folk music-influenced approach to jazz. He has recently turned his melodic phrasing and improvising gifts to interpreting contemporary songwriters, and this latest release honours the music of the iconic singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell.
This Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival commission, with support from the Scottish Government's EXPO fund, was originally performed to a sell-out crowd at last year's festival. Colin's approach is to not stray too far from the melody, look for beauty and create tunes that glow and sparkle with warmth and affection. It’s a beautiful concept that not many musicians could pull off, but with David Milligan (piano), David Bowden (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums) he does it!
To celebrate the album launch of Joni - A jazz interprestaion of the Joni Mitchell Songbook, we've created a special film featuring an exclusive interview with Colin, and footage from last year's gig - live here on our website and on Facebook at 7pm on Wednesday 23 September.
Colin joined his first jazz group the John Rae Collective at the age of 19 (which included Brian Kellock and Phil Bancroft). He then went on to work with Tommy Smith, Tom Bancroft Orchestra and pop band Hue and Cry.
Between 1990 and 1996 he travelled Europe extensively, living in France, London and Italy. On his return to Scotland in 1997 he established the phenomenally successful live music club Midnight Blue, which ran for three years and attracted over 40,000 people during this time. He began composing and formed his first quintet in 2000.
Since the release of his debut album Twilight Dreams in 2002, Steele’s highly original and melodic Scottish folk-influenced jazz has won just about every UK jazz plaudit there is; from BBC Jazz CD of the Year and Jazz Review international CD of the Year (for his album ‘The Journey Home’) to CD of the year accolades in The Guardian, Observer, Independent and The New Statesman. Steele’s compositions are inspired by Scottish and Irish folk music, but are firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. The success of his first 2 quintet recordings led to a third, 'Through the Waves' being released internationally by top European label ACT.
In 2006 Steele formed Stramash, a 10 piece Scottish 'supergroup' consisting of his jazz quintet, fiddles, bagpipes, whistle and cello. This group received universal critical acclaim, both for their concerts and for their recording, which was released in 2009.
QUOTES & REVIEWS
"a stunningly lyrical ensemble"
The Times on Stramash
“This is effusive, vital, lovely jazz.”
“Beautifully conceived and executed, mellow and melodic, Steele’s music has instant appeal.”