Diving for Pearls is the great new album by the Colin Steele Quartet. Released on Friday 28th July on Marina records (who commissioned the project,) it’s an album of jazz interpretations of the music of The Pearlfishers.
I got my copy a couple of weeks ago when the project was premiered at The Rose Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. The band played all of the album (as one can see from the set-list above) in more extended versions. Pianist Dave Milligan, who arranged the music, was outstanding.
The Pearlfishers’ music has been one of the great joys in my life over the last 25 years or so, and it is good to see the work being extended into this field. Also good to see the composer, who was in attendance at the concert and took his bow in a proper showbiz style.