1. Fine and Mellow
2. Yellow Dog
4. My Lover's Coat
5. Yellow Fig Leaf
6. Through The Dark
7. Yellow Tracery
8. My Lover's Heart
9. What I Like
Kate Westbrook voice
Chris Biscoe alto & soprano saxophones / alto clarinet
Pete Whyman alto & soprano saxophones / clarinet / bass clarinet
Mike Westbrook piano & keyboards
Steve Berry double bass
Jon Hiseman drums
produced by Jon Hiseman
An album dedicated to the memory of Margery and John Styles commissioned by the Margery Styles Estate which was distributed to friends and family of Margery and John and to subscribers of the Westbrook Newsletter, 'The Smith's Academy Informer' of which John and Margery were the founders.
Editions of the Smith's Academy Informer are available on the WestbrookJazz Website
The CD album can be bought online through Westbrook Records.
CD quality FLAC and MP3 downloads can be bought from Westbrook Downloads.
Supported by Airshaft Trust
Issued on Voiceprint's new Gonzo label
distributed in the UK by Proper Note
Kate Westbrook’s lyrics have been enriching partner Mike’s music since the 1970s, most recently with the Art Wolf project, but here I think she has surpassed herself. Fine ‘n Yellow was commissioned by Margery Styles as a memorial for her life and that of her husband John. The couple were close friends of the Westbrooks' and this charming record oozes affection. The closest one can ever feel to another human being lies in the sense of being known completely. It is this very thing that Kate’s lyrics suggest to me here and Mike wraps them in a music that defines companionship. The closing ‘What I like’ leaves me wishing I knew these people, while Mike’s solo blues ‘Through the Dark’ is filled with late night conviviality. The Styles’ devotion to each other is reflected in both ‘My Lover’s Coat’ and the even better ‘My Lover’s Heart’, while the playing from all involved is totally assured. This is the Westbrooks' best release in a while- and that says a lot.
Duncan Heining - Jazzwise - September 2010
“Pianist/composer Mike and his singer/lyricist wife Kate have maintained their independence, and their evolution towards a kind of jazz-gothic world influenced by blues, brass bands and Brecht/Weill cabaret has generated a lot of enduring music. A superb lineup including saxophonists Chris Biscoe and Pete Whyman, bassist/composer Steve Berry and fusion-drums powerhouse Jon Hiseman.”
John Fordham The Guardian