Laying Eggs
Turret Records FORTCD 5)

Martin Shaw, trumpet; Matt Wates, alto sax, flute; Peter Callard, guitar; Frank Holder, vocals, percussions; Geoff Castle, keyboard, vocals; Rob Statham, bass; Chris Dagley, drums

This band has been together for almost thirty years with varying personnel and formerly under the leadership of vibist, the late Dick Crouch.

The current issue of the group, led by the talented Geoff Castle, has an impressive line-up. Out front is Martin Shaw and Matt Wates who are among the finest beboppers in the UK - here they turn their talents to the Latin style of the band. Peter Callard fulfills the wide range of guitar styles needed in the tight ensemble and together with long serving bassist Statham, NYJO graduate Dagley and the sparkling Frank Holder make up a formidable rhythm team.

The band plays in the spirited Latin style which casts reminders to the heyday of Mongo Santamaria.

Undoubtedly it will make your dancing feet twitch!

by Al Merritt

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