11393278_660238307443109_7444546590074974771_nMy septet Quadraceratops played regularly from 2011 to 2015, and is now on a bit of a hiatus while I concentrate on other projects. The lineup is:

Cath Roberts – alto saxophone, compositions
Tom Ward – tenor saxophone
Nick Walters (on the 2015 tour) / Henry Spencer (on the album recording) – trumpet
Magnus Dearness – trombone
Dave O’Brien – keyboards
Jason Simpson – bass
Olly Blackman – drums

The Quadraceratops album was released in 2014 on Efpi Records.

‘Seven tightly argued compositions. […] The writing for the four horns…is a cut above, with intricate interplay and voicings that echo the late Kenny Wheeler’s subtle complexities.’ *** – Mike Hobart, Financial Times

‘Names such as Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs com[e] to mind…a very promising addition to the new scene.’ *** – Jazzwise

‘Quadraceratops can rattle the rafters with the best of them.’ **** – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

‘On the evidence of [the] seven Roberts originals here, she’s a blossoming presence among the UK’s big-ensemble jazz composers, capable of a similar early-career impact to that of Django Bates in the 1980s. […] She’s one to watch.’ *** – John Fordham, The Guardian

‘Cath Roberts is an emerging talent and Quadraceratops represents an outstanding début. This is a musician and a band that we will doubtless be hearing a lot more of.’ **** – The Jazz Mann

‘A very impressive debut…a great album.’ – Sandy Brown Jazz

‘Listening to Quadraceratops makes me think of Loose Tubes somehow…there’s an individuality in the writing for the closely arranged horns that recalls the freshness of Django Bates and co.’ *** – Marlbank

‘Cath Roberts has woven an intriguingly personal mix of musical styles into a very fine debut album that leaves me wanting to hear her again.’ – Jazz Views

A biog…

Saxophonist Cath Roberts formed her septet Quadraceratops while studying for a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. The group play Cath’s compositions, the current set of which is inspired by insects, fairground rides, underground tunnelling machines and fictional serial killers. They have appeared at numerous London jazz nights and venues, including the Vortex, the Jazz Cafe, and ‘Jazz In The Round’ at the Cockpit Theatre, as well as performing at the London Jazz Festival. The first Quadraceratops album was released on Efpi Records in October 2014. ‘Suitably psychotic!’ said Radio 3’s Jez Nelson.

quad session shot b&w


Quadraceratops by Paul Richards

Images (from the top): Live in Manchester as part of ‘LUME On Tour’ in Summer 2015 by Dee Byrne, recording our debut album in Spring 2014 by Alex Bonney; album artwork/printmaking by me; dino drawing by Paul Francis.

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