1. That Old Feeling
  2. Stablemates
  3. Deep In A Dream
    Van Heusen/De Lange
  4. Humpin' And Bumpin'
    S. Fishwick
  5. A Sleepin' Bee
  6. Samba De Orfeu
  7. All Too Soon
  8. Passport
Up Front!
Recording Date:Monday, May 09, 2005
Recording Engineer:

Derek Nash

Recording Location:

Clown's Pocket Studios

Catalogue Number:HBR33002
  • Steve Fishwick Trumpet
  • Colin Oxley Guitar
  • Dave Chamberlain Bass
  • Steve Brown Drums

Steve Fishwick's recording debut as sole leader sees him in the company of his working quartet featuring the incredible guitarist Colin Oxley. The two had worked and recorded together years before this session in a band that Steve co-led with his twin brother Matt, called The Fishwick Brothers, and if this album is anything to go by, the rapport between the two is still very much alive. Rounding out the rhythm section are Hard Bop Records' favourite bass player, Dave Chamberlain, and a drummer who's been in the premier league of the British jazz scene for well over a decade, the incomparable Steve Brown.

The accent is on standards here - but not the old "warhorses" - and each has been carefully selected and arranged by the leader to show the huge variety of moods this line up can evoke. The Great American Songbook is represented by the likes of Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen and Duke Ellington, and the Jazz Standards come from Charlie Parker and that most prolific and unique composer, Benny Golson. There is an original composition too, Steve's "Humpin' And Bumpin'" - a funky (in the original sense of the word!) minor blues that cooks from the first beat.


Trumpeter Fishwick takes the lead here on his first-ever quartet album. Piano is omitted in favour of Colin Oxley's guitar, much like the Art Farmer-Jim Hall collaborations, with bassist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Steve Brown rounding out the group. Fishwick is enamoured of the hard bop style of Lee Morgan and Kenny Dorham, and his pristine sound and rapid-fire attack are right on the money - typified by a torrid run on 'Stablemates'. He also recalls Chet Baker's approach on 'That Old Feeling' following Chamberlain's opening theme statement.
This is resourceful music with a strong swing feel (bass, drums and Oxley's guitar are spot on), and, like all the best players, Fishwick seems to have time in hand. A terrific recording, and a classy milestone for Fishwick and company.

Peter Vacher - Jazz UK

With a tight-knit guitar led trio and a robust style around the Dorham/Morgan mark, Fishwick has an attractively firm (rather than hard) bop sound. A self confessed anti-innovator, the trumpeter weaves through well trodden harmonic woods with winning young fogey assurance and makes an enjoyable case for keeping things as they were in 1956.

 Mojo Magazine