Trumpeter and composer Colin Steele has been described as the Sibelius of Scotland. His music is a joyous celebration of Scottish melody and rhythm, liberated and enhanced by the spirit, sophistication and technique of jazz. His recordings and concerts are warm, life affirming, and thrilling in their effect. He disarms the most hardened jazz fan with the power and beauty of his music and his playing speaks strongly to audiences of all musical tastes.
Dave and Colin first started playing together in the early 1990’s and went on to collaborate on a wide variety of projects, including: Midnight Blue Band, Melting Pot, Masquenada, Colin Steele Quintet, Stramash, The Unusual Suspects, Bachué, The Edinburgh Festival Jazz Orchestra, Stone Islands and ‘A Funny Valentine’ – a theatre show about the life and music of Chet Baker. More recently they have been performing duo concerts at venues across Scotland.
Dave has been pianist and arranger for all three albums by the Colin Steele Quintet as well as the debut release for the 10-piece Stramash. A new quintet album is due for release in 2016.
“Steele’s lyrical trumpet work bristled with invention, by turns rich and warm or sharp-edged and plangent as the music demanded, while Milligan’s constantly imaginative pianism, rich in harmonic colour and rhythmic momentum beneath his melodic creations, again demonstrated what a fully developed player he is.”
***** THE SCOTSMAN