Miles Perkin Quartet
featuring Tom Arthurs: trumpet . Benoit Delbecq: piano . Jim Black: drums
Canadian double bassist Miles Perkin has assembled a group of four musicians who have carved out their identities not only as world class instrumentalists, but also as individuals who have indeed created their own personal musical worlds. To the listener who is already familiar with these musicians, the mention of any one of these names immediately brings to mind an unmistakable, signature sound.
The Miles Perkin Quartet merges these 4 musical worlds into a cohesive sound that is familiar, yet completely new at the same time. The bassist’s compositions unfold naturally through the instincts of these empathetic and highly skilled improvisers. The result is gently forward looking, sophisticated yet vital music that somehow seems to float in the air.
Photo Credits: Miles Perkin (Susan Moss) Tom Arthurs (Gemma van der Heyden Hires), Benoit Delbecq (Barbara Rigon) Jim Black (Emiliano Neri)
What the press is saying:
"Canadian, French, English and US-American origins with strong Berlin connections melt into stomping, rhythmically intertwining, far reaching and long resounding chants. Its music is an extraordinary 'Ameropean' amalgam of four amazingly open, flexible, and imaginative musicians. Earthy and elegant the masterful unit conjured up rising sun rays and deep cave shimmering. It's not only a gathering of first class musicians but also first class band making first class music speaking to a broad audience." -Henning Bolte, All About Jazz
"..zarte und luftige Improvisationen und intensive Momente zauberte, wie man sie sich von modernem Jazz wünscht." -Peter Bastian, Jazzthetik
"Ever-evolving bassist Miles Perkin from Manitoba, now in Berlin, continues to write music with grace, power, and flow for his excellent quartet of Tom Arthurs trumpet, Benoit Delbecq keys, and Jim Black drums. A rising star." -Maurice Hogue, One Man's Jazz
"The album gives pleasure without jarring the listener. There are modern and dissonant harmonies, but the music remains peaceful and melodic-sounding." -Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press/ Uptown Magazine
"Vertigineuse maîtrise du rythme. Les titres Sea Drop, The Runaround, Blue Cloud, tirés du dernier album - The Point in Question (Clean Feed) - m’ont convaincu de l’art de Perkin. La musique se déploie par alternance de binômes."-Bruno Pfeiffer, Libération
"The quartet introduces a lot of compositional freshness and improvisational light to the jazz bloodstream. Perkin's sophisticated compositional ideas make you see him as an interesting musician, of which we will hear again and again!" - Multi-Kulti Project