ALBUM: The Dark Red Room / David Austin Grey & Greyish Quartet

Ed’s Note

The Dark Red Room is the first studio album from David Austin Grey, the Birmingham based pianist and composer.

Written and arranged for Greyish Quartet; DAG’s four piece ensemble, this 14 track debut ‘explore(s) the creative possibilities which may present themselves where music attempts to reflect photography, film & cinematography, and vice versa ’.

Local saxophonist and Hip Hop artist, Soweto Kinch, features on the album; as does vocalist Jason McDougall. There are also collaborations with New York emcees; iLLspokinn and Why G?

The Dark Red Room was released earlier this year, and is available to buy on iTunes, Amazon or on

Read the Birmingham Review of The Dark Red Room below; from our resident Jazz aficionado, Robert Kornriech:


The Dark Red Room / David Austin Grey & Greyish Quartet

Words by Robert Kornreich

Greyish Quartet are:

David Austin Grey (acoustic piano and Roland RD-300NX)

Sam Wooster (trumpet)

Nick Jurd (double bass)

James Bashford (drum kit)

Featuring; Soweto Kinch (alto saxophone), Jason McDougall (vocal), iLLspokinn (MC), Why G? (MC).

Monotonous this is not. Not in rhythm, not in style. Good it is. (Sheesh. I’m becoming Yoda.) They sound good to watch.

Something for everyone; jazz, romantic ballad, rap, hip hop. Not that this is a mish-mash rag-bag. No, there’s something clearly underlying this diversity, this (don’t you just love the current jargon?) ‘multiplicity’.

Great piano, trumpet, double bass (do I hear Jaco Pastorius? I hope so) and sax. To me the dominant style is 1960s/70s post-bebop cool; Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Bill Evans. But that’s what I like – so perhaps I project this on their work.

But I can do without their jazz-fusion – shades of Joe Zawinul on Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’. And without the Herbie Hancock jazz-funk version. Well, y’know, I just don’t like that type of electric piano on ‘You’re Like Kryptonite’ and ‘Why So Negative?’”

Come on, David; leave Joe and Herbie behind and play a (split/chopped) Hammond organ – a B-3 with a Leslie speaker, like Jimmy Smith or Steve Winwood. I know you can.

And iLLspokinn and Why G? Sorry, I just don’t get. OK, OK, I don’t like rap and hip hop – so perhaps I project that too. Truth. It reminds me of Vincent Price hamming up. But now you know where I’m coming from.

All in all? It’s still a great record.