Mick Foster - saxophones, Dominic Ashworth - guitar, Julian Bury - bass, Tristan Mailliot - drums.
MICK FOSTER plays all the saxophones and is particularly known as a baritone player. He has worked extensively in the fields of jazz, commercial and classical music as a saxophonist and composer. He has appeared with many ensembles which include the big bands of John Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann and Mike Garrick, the Back to Basie Orchestra, The Humphrey Lyttelton Band, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Laura Jurd's Human Spirit, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera. As a composer Mick has written for many ensembles and his music has been played around the world and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has recorded three albums under his own name and runs his own record label, Hainault Records. The quartet plays original, melodic jazz and together with some more familiar material.
DOMINIC ASHWORTH studied at the University of Toronto. He plays both acoustic and electric guitars, and has appeared and recorded with artists including Carol Kidd, Michael Garrick, Digby Fairweather and Julian Marc Stringle.
JULIAN BURY is one of the leading bass players in the UK. His work spans many genres, and he has recorded with many great artists such as the Matt Wates Sextet, Tommaso Starace and Henry Armberg Jennings.
TRISTAN MAILLIOT is a much in demand drummer, having played with American musicians such as Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Bobby Shew and Scott Hamilton. He has appeared with many leading British musicians including Peter King, Stan Tracey, Alan Barnes, Gerard Presencer, Jim Mullen and Tina May.
"Foster's sound is warmer than some, occasionally Mulliganesque, his solos marked by fluency and the kind of pleasing ideas that imbue Ashworth's contributions too" Peter Vacher, Jazz UK, Oct/Nov 2012
"Mick Foster [is] a master of the baritone saxophone with an obvious debt to Gerry Mulligan. [...] His rich baritone sound and positive refined playing come over superbly . . ." Brian Robinson, Jazz Journal, **** February 2013
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