In Deep is Lockheart’s first album for EDITION and it’s a record of great originality and integrity. Mark Lockheart first emerged on the UK scene in the 1980’s as a member of seminal big band Loose Tubes. Since then, he has co-led Perfect Houseplants with pianist Huw Warren and led his own highly original Scratch Band, as well as playing saxophone in Seb Rochford’s ground-breaking Polar Bear.
It’s the command and authority of Lockheart’s saxophone that first strikes home on In Deep - magisterial, confident with maybe just hints of those two great tenor titans – Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson. Then the sheer quality of the writing hits you – these are tunes once heard not forgotten. And then the power, confidence and commitment of his group grabs you by the coat and you know they’ve got you.
In Deep may be the finest realisation yet of Mark Lockheart’s talents. Given his undoubted pedigree that is high praise indeed.
released May 25, 2009
MARK LOCKHEART - saxophone
DAVE PRISEMAN – trumpet
LIAM NOBLE – piano
JASPER HØIBY – bass
DAVE SMITH – drums
All compositions by Mark Lockheart except track 8 by Noble/Lockheart and track 10 Noble/Hoiby/Smith/Lockheart
Produced by Mark Lockheart
Executive Producer Dave Stapleton
Recorded by Dave Moore at Phoenix Sound, Pinewood Studios in June 2008
Mixed by Steve Baker at Galapagos Studios, London in January 2009
Mastered by Mark Tucker in February 2009