Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dave Cliff - Sipping at Bells

David John “Dave” Cliff was born in Hexham, Northumberland. He began his career playing rhythm and blues in the Newcastle area. In 1967, he moved to Leeds and gained a diploma in jazz studies from Leeds College of Music while studying with bassist Peter Ind and Bernie Cash. In 1971, after moving to London Cliff became established on the local scene. During 1976-1977 he toured Holland, Denmark, Italy and the UK with the Lee Konitz - Warne Marsh Quintet. The following year Cliff toured the UK with Soprano Summit (Kenny Davern and Bob Wilber). He worked increasingly as a freelance from the 1980s on. His first album under his own name, The Right Time, was recorded in 1987. It featured Geoff Simkins on alto, and was the first of a number of albums with Simkins, with whom Cliff has collaborated extensively. Cliff has appeared frequently at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in varied settings including Georgie Fame's Blue Flames, Mike Carr Trio, Irene Reid, the Dick Pearce Sextet and the Bruce Adams Quartet. He has worked extensively with visiting American musicians, including Slide Hampton, Nina Simone, Kenny Davern, George Masso, Spike Robinson, Herb Geller, Lanny Morgan, Harry Allen, Buddy Childers, Lew Tabackin, Mundell Lowe, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack McDuff, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Richie Cole, and Ken Peplowski. In 1998 Cliff won the BT Jazz Awards in the guitar category. Cliff’s influences on guitar include Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, and he has also been extensively influenced by the Lennie Tristano school, whose influence he encountered when working and studying with Peter Ind. Cliff is involved in Jazz education, teaching jazz guitar at London Trinity College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & Birmingham Conservatoire. Cliff also teaches at the Glamorgan Summer jazz school, the Jamie Aebersold Summer School in London and at the Christiansand jazz course in Norway.

Source :

Dave Cliff
Sipping at Bells
(Duo & Quartet)


1 Bock to Bock (Montgomery)  7:37
2 Sal's Line (Mosca)  3:46
3 How Deep Is the Ocean (Berlin)  6:49
4 Easy to Love (Porter)  4:02
5 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Caused (Simkins)  2:15
6 I Guess I'll Hang My Tears out to Dry (Kahn, Styne)  5:41
7 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin, Maschwitz)  5:16
8 Lester's Blues (Young)  3:48
9 Indian Summer (Herbert, Dublin)  3:51
10 That Old Feeling (Brooks, Bowman)  4:08
11 The Touch of Your Lips (Noble)  5:39
12 Once I Loved (Jobim, DeMoraes, Gilbert)  5:55
13 Conception (Shearing)  5:04
14 Sipping at Bells (Davis)  3:57


Dave Cliff - g
Geoff Simkins - as
Simon Woolf - b
Mark Taylor - dr

Recorded at Red Gables Studios, Greenford ; Sunday, January 23, 1994


jazzuk said...

Dave Cliff....An excellent session! Many thanks indeed for the lossless upgrade.


Kndnsk said...

Merci infiniment, c'est un guitariste très élégant.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel, Thank you for Dave Cliff.

woolfnotes said...

Fame at last! (That's me on bass)

PlantDoctor53 said...

@Simon; your music is being played in West Virginia tonight. Thanks!

Anselmo said...

Dave with pleasure. Thanks Mel

bluebird said...

Many thanks for the Dave Cliff Mel.
One who should be better known.
Great group too.

bluebird said...

Mel - I seem to need a password to unpack the Dave Cliff. Can you advise please?

Baruch said...

Always "melanchthon"

bluebird said...

@Baruch - Thank you - got it.

Frank said...

Hey, welcome back! And thanks for the ultra tasteful and hip Dave Cliff.

woolfnotes said...

It's nice to see so much interest in this old record. Dave, Geoff and myself are all still active on the London scene. Mark moved to NYC about ten years ago, working with such luminaries as Monty Alexander, Lew Tabackin & Mose Allison. He was back over here earlier this year for a few months when we got to play a couple of times.

L.O.L. said...


kevinffm said...

lovely album - thanks! there were some great recordings of british artists on spotlite, peter king's "new beginning" immediately comes to mind.

deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade.

Blue Eyes said...

Wow! thanks a lot Melanchthon for this upgrade, a great album!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel, and thanks for the updates on the band Simon!

Orbyt said...

Thanks for the upgrade Mel. I only recently became aware of this. It's wonderful!

fcapeau said...

So, one more a full discovery (for me) and a good surprise !!
Many thanks, Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Bradley Lehman said...

Expired - could you please reload? Thanks!

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

More Cliff/Simkins, please! These guys are so underrated,underexposed, underecognised. Thanks, MM.

bhowani bhowani said...

Thank you !

adakun said...

Genial Mel.

Anonymous said...

keep 'em alive, Dear MM, they deserve it.