Reviews

You've Got To Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? - Barrie Hayman, Jazz@Five, Australia

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet has a big swinging sound.  All of the tracks on this new release are worthy of a serious listen with the volume on high.  Derek's approach to each number is powerfully awesome, with solid backing from the rhythm section.

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You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? - Amazon Reviews

Absolutely fantastic.  Track after track, brilliant.  No other words for it.

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You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? - Amazon Reviews

For those who have never listened to, or even heard about, Derek Nash, do yourself a favour and get this CD.  He is a truly remarkable and extremely versatile saxophonist, seemingly equally adept with all the saxophones, from soprano through to baritone.

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You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? - Amazon Reviews

Derek Nash is a top rate British jazz musician, especially pleasing to hear live (his enthusiasm is truly infectious inspiring his band and audience alike).  This CD is the second from his "acoustic quartet" (he leads several bands including the recommended Sax Appeal).

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You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? - Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz

You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig?: not just a groovy album title, but wise words of advice.  Saxophonist and bandleader Derek Nash clearly takes this advice to heart, crafting an album that's filled with eminently dig-able music.

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You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? - Dave Gelly - The Observer

If you've heard Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, you'll have heard Derek Nash.  He's a prominent member.  But to get some idea of the sheer breadth of his accomplishment as a saxophonist, composer and bandleader, you should hear this.

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You've Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig?

Nash is a live-wire musician, game to play in a variety of ways and in a multiplicity of situations.  He performs on all the reeds shown and, of course, has a secondary career as a recording engineer and studio operator.

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FUNKERDEEN - review by The Musician - magazine of the Musicians' Union

We've picked out two albums that have taken the pole position on our playlist and just get better every time we press "play".....

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FUNKERDEEN - review by Marlbank

Closely arranged saxophone parts, lightly funkified jazz-rock and swing delivered with bags of energy........overwhelmingly engaging atmosphere found throughout - SG/Marlbank

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FUNKERDEEN - review by Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

Three decades since it was established, by leader and alto player Derek Nash, the UK's Sax Appeal still retains the fire and enthusiasm of youth—and a five saxophone front line that's more than capable of translating that energy into a big, bold, crowd-pleasing sound. Funkerdeen is the b

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FUNKERDEEN - review by Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman

Derek Nash created this saxophone-dominated outfit three decades ago and has revisited the concept at regular intervals ever since.

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FUNKERDEEN - Review by Jazz UK

Now entering its third decade, Derek's Nash's saxophone ensemble releases its sixth album of horn-led hits on Jazzizit Records.

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Joyriding - Review by Keith Ames

Leader of Sax Appeal, co-leader of Protect the Beat, member of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, plus producer at his own Bexley based studio, Derek can also call upon experience playing live or broadcasting with numerous legends (Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Rog

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Joyriding - Review by Ian Mann

Derek Nash's role as the hardest working man in British jazz has been well documented on this site.

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Joyriding - Review by Alan Musson

Jazz music doesn't always need to strive to be thrusting, original and adventurous to be successful.  The latest offering from saxophonist Derek Nash is a perfect case in point.  

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Joyriding - Review by Neil McKim

Even the cover of this album, with its stylish close-up of a Mini, evokes the artwork of a retro Blue Note recording.  And reassuringly this sense of promise is completely vindicated by the music.

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Joyriding - Review by Ron Burnett

Derek Nash is heard on all the best records and concerts, but his name may elude you. There are few better saxophonists in the UK, as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and more will agree.

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Joyriding - Review by Bruce Lindsay

One of the strengths of the current British jazz scene comes from its core of mainstream, straight-ahead musicians, who focus their creative abilities on drawing fresh nuances from established musical styles; saxophonist Derek Nash is one of them. Joyriding features what he refers to as

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Joyriding - Review by Robert Shore

Derek Nash is a busy man.  He's a key member of Jools Holland's hard-touring Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, leader of Sax Appeal and a founder member of the funky Protect the Beat.  In addition, he runs his own recording studio and is the co-director of bijou UK independent label Jazzizit.

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Joyriding - Review by Alan Smith

The Manchester (born) saxophonist plays alongside some formidably talented guests in Martin Shaw (trumpet) and Winston Rollins (trombone).  Joyriding introduces the group's classic Blue Note style with superb contributions from the leader's tenor.

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Joyriding - Review by Tony Augarde

I have already said that Derek Nash is one of the unsung heroes of British jazz - as a saxophonist and composer as well as a producer of numerous recordings at Clowns Pocket Studios. He is possibly best known at present as a member of Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

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Joyriding - Review by LondonJazz

Newsletter readers, here's this week'sprize draw: Derek Nash  new album Joyriding. Nash describes one feature of the album the liner notes: 

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Derek's first acoustic quartet CD features....

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