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Julian Costello

Julian Costello is a London-based musician, composer and teacher. He got a scholarship from Trinity College of Music where he took a Postgraduate Certificate of Performance in the Saxophone. Julian writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet, plays in a number of jazz big Bands, in a vocal/cello and guitar trio and in a world music trio called Vertigo with Tabla/Percussion, Oud/Guitar and Soprano Saxophone. He plays a 1932 Conn Transitional Tenor Saxophone and a 1967 Selmer MK VI Soprano. Is that interesting? let him know. ​ Transitions, the latest album by the Julian Costello Quartet, will be released in September 2017 on 33 Jazz Records. It was recorded at Artesuono Studios in Udine, Italy and mixed and mastered by ECM engineer Stefano Amerio.

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Julian Costello is a sax lyricist, telling his stories of life’s ups and downs with perfect alteration of tone to impart strength, humour and even frailty at times whilst the other players intuitively alter their stances, apart from their solo passages, where their inner nature springs to the fore. This is a great album, strong, tenacious in its quality and simply makes a great listen. “Sammie Stein “This is highly melodic music that is readily accessible, but consistently intriguing and full of rhythmic sophistication. It all makes for a very distinctive album and one that deserves to do well” Ian Mann. “Once in a while, an album like this appears on the horizon, becoming the unputdownable “Earworm” that Costello portrays at the heart of his colourful recording” Adrian Pallant London Jazz News.

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