Double Quartet (Indie)
Winnipeg guitarist Keith Price has a new album set for release later this month as he prepares for an appearance at the Jazz Festival. Keith is a hugely talented guitarist and composer who has had some great releases — like music for a well-known spaghetti western.
His double-quartet concept here is very cool and is made up of Keith on guitar, Neil Watson alto, Dallas and Jeff Presslaff on keyboards, Julian Bradford and Marty Thiessen on basses and Jaime Carrasco and Kevin Waters on drums.
Keith’s music is frequently rock influenced and funky with a typical driving rhythmic base setting up the solos. There are times when the effect is relentlessly hypnotic, a feature I have always enjoyed in his music. Check out Grunge as an example. His music builds throughout the pieces, with hints of electric Miles. I feel that, at times, Keith flies under the radar here at home, which is a shame. In a blindfold test, his albums could hold up well with releases from anywhere in the world. The Double Quartet will be at the Rachel Browne Theatre on June 24 if you want to see them live, and the album will be released June 23. Keith is a big asset in our local jazz world. ★★★★ out of five
Stream: Old Market Square
By Keith Black