THE GUIDELINES QUARTET + KAZ LUX
LP Cherry Red Records CHLP3622, NL, 1988
OK, the tracklist may not be especially enthralling, a collection of old jazz blues warhorses (hence the “Golden Bluessongs” of the album title) but this album has its moments.
It was recorded before it became fashionable for aging rock singers to record an album of jazz standards as a mark of respectability. As it goes, this album works pretty well. Kaz Lux‘s voice is well suited to the material and the Guidelines Quartet is top, they really swing these numbers! No wonder when you look at the credentials of the four musicians making up the Guidelines Quartet:
Peter Guidi is one of Europe’s great jazz flautists (listen to his soli on “Need you by my side” or “What I want”).
Rob van Bavel is a well regarded Dutch jazz pianist and educator with extensive jazz credentials. In the late eighties he was a member of the Ben Van Den Dungen-Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet (see my old post on the Brand New Orleans album to get the idea how those guys sounded).
Hans Mantel is a well-known Dutch bassist, musicologist, producer and presenter for jazz on Dutch radio and television.
Drummer Hans van Oosterhout has performed with almost everybody, from Toots Thielemans to Randy Brecker He has played on over 60 albums.
Vocalist Kaz Lux was the lead singer of 60s Dutch beat band Brainbox. He also collaborated on a few albums with guitar virtuoso Jan Akkerman.
Kaz Lux vocal
Peter Guidi sax & flute
Rob van Bavel piano
Hans Mantel bass
Hans van Oosterhout drums
- I’m walking
- Lost and looking
- Ain’t nobody’s business
- Need you by my side
- Please send me someone to love
- You are my sunshine
- Route 66
- Counting my tears
- What I want
Recorded in Tilburg, NL - 1988