The John Rae Collective
'The Big If'
This Scottish ensemble of the late 80's was a key breeding ground for musicians who subsequently came to prominence in their own right, including pianist Brian Kellock, saxophonist Phil Bancroft, trumpeter Colin Steele, bassist Kenny Ellis and guitarist Kevin Mackenzie.
John Rae's Celtic Feet
Celtic Feet began life in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1998 and over a five year period recorded two critically acclaimed albums Celtic Feet and Beware The Feet for the record label Caber Music.
'With the growing of Scotland's nationhood, so too has grown its creative identity, and in the area of jazz, a fresh, new vibrant sound has arrived. John Rae's Celtic Feet use jazz as a base, original compositions that use traditional motifs and jazz harmony to create a distinctly Scottish sound where free improvisation and traditional Celtic music each has an equal voice'. Guardian