Jack Hues and the Quartet grew out of evenings jamming at my house in Canterbury with Sam Bailey and various other musicians. We would play through Monk, Miles, Mingus, we were keen on Kenny Wheeler and a select group of artists we considered great. Gradually I started writing pieces too. We began gigging – we played many times at the sadly missed Orange Street Music Club here in Canterbury and things gradually evolved to a point where our dear friend Chris Hughes encouraged us to make an album. “Illuminated” was recorded in 2007 at Chris’s studio in Bath and got good reviews. We changed our line-up and followed it up with “Shattering” in 2008, also well reviewed. You can listen to ‘Illuminated’ here and ‘Shattering’ here… and read the reviews in our archive…
An interview with Jack Hues, Sam Bailey, Simon Smith and David Herd on collaboration ‘ROTE-thru’ can be found here.
Over the last few years, Sam and I have worked on various collaborative projects, some stemming from commissions, others from Sam’s work on an innovative series of weekly gigs called “Free Range”.
Jack Hues and The Quartet are: Jack Hues – guitar and vocals, Sam Bailey – piano, Liran Donin – bass and Mark Holub – drums.
Guest musicians and collaborators have been Tom Mason, Rutledge Turnlund, Liran Donin (double bass), Dave Smith, Richard Spaven, Mark Holub, Michael Porter (drums), Paul Booth, Robin Fincker, Tom Challenger (saxophone), Duncan MacKay (trumpet), Raven Bush (violin), Chris Hughes (percussion), the poets Simon Smith, David Herd and Kelvin Corcoran and Canterbury rock band Syd Arthur.