Calendar

The Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet from 1pm (lunchtime)

Sunday, August 12th, 2018/The Eagle Tavern, 124 High St, Rochester ME1 1JT. Tel 01634 409040

The XPQ from 8.00pm

Thursday, August 9th, 2018/Folkstone Jazz Club, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent. CT20 3HL. Tel 1303 223925

from 8.30pm

Monday, August 6th, 2018/The Milford Arms, 574 London Road, Isleworth TW74EY. Tel 020 8560 1546

Reviews

XPQ "Sidekicks" Album Review by The Guardian

Vasilis Xenopoulos/ Nigel Price Quartet: Sidekicks review – downright irresistible 4 / 5 stars Dave Gelly Sun 28 Jan Put a tenor saxophonist and a guitarist together and you’ve got a band. There’s something about the combination of saxophone and electric guitar that just works. When the players are, respectively, Vasilis Xenopoulos and Nigel Price, with Dario Di Lecce on bass and Steve Brown on drums, the outcome is downright irresistible. Over the past few years the London jazz scene has become a magnet for young musicians from Europe, and Xenopoulos/Price Quartet is one of the more outstanding results. Xenopoulos, originally from Athens, settled here in 2002, while Di Lecce arrived from Bari five years ago. Price is a dynamic guitarist, with the rare gift of instinctive empathy. His accompaniments are as incisive and inspired as his solos. Xenopoulos has a briskly fluent style which gently mellows at slower tempos. All 10 numbers are pieces associated with jazz sax-guitar duos over the years. XPQ’s version of When Joanna Loved Me is a little masterpiece, easily equal to the Paul Desmond/Jim Hall original, although quite different in approach. And O Pato, a jazz samba, sets off rhythmic sparks, with Di Lecce and Brown making some very tricky stuff sound deceptively easy.