Paul Baxter

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Born: October 2, 1979    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Eyes Shut Tight is the latest project by Double Bassist/ Composer Paul Baxter. Eyes Shut Tight, as a band, relies heavily on the interplay of it's members and the “..strong melodic, compositions..” provided by the band leader, Paul. The inspiration behind this project was the great feeling when these musicians performed together. Whatever they were playing came alive and that is exactly what happen when Paul brought his Compositions to the outfit. 
Eyes Shut Tight's name describes the “..intuitive group dynamic..” and because a number of the tracks were born out of political and social ideology describes the blinkered mentality a lot of people have towards the world...
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“Rising bassist Paul Baxter has selected eight cuts of exploratory piano-based jazz, forged in the company of keys master Johnny Tomlinson and the excellent skins and bronze of Kris Wright. ‘Evolution’ manages that often sought, yet rarely achieved balance of being sweetly melodic and sufficiently experimental to please both the improv cognescenti and those who prefer their small band jazz to maintain a mainstream appeal. ‘Time of Arrival’ is a wonderful example, scene-setting arpeggios leading with a warm- hearted sense of inevitability to closing expansive splashes of colour. A True Gem!” - The Musician, Dec 2010.

“(Eyes Shut Tight)'s proper brilliant jazz. Bloody Great...” - Martin Powell, JATP Bradford.

“..Wake up..make room on the 'breakthrough' platform for EYES SHUT TIGHT. You Know it makes sense!!!” Ron Burnett, Jazz Notes.

“Paul Baxter's Eyes Shut Tight has to be the most sophisticated and skillful group to play a support set at Wakefield Jazz. The freewheeling compositions for Evolution (their debut CD) leave plenty of space for pianist Johnny Tomlinson to move out and express his improvising talent.    Kris Wright varies from a time-keeping groove to a clattering drive with ease and Paul himself provides a foundation and a further accomplished solo voice.” - Chris De Saram, Wakefield Jazz, 2010.

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