Quotes and Reviews
warm hard-bop…rhythmically immaculate…softly weaving
lucid romanticism/pirouetting through Gillespie’s breaks quicker than a hummingbird’s wings – Alyn Shipton
In Mark Armstrong, you have a real gem! He is a very fine musician – wonderful player, excellent composer/arranger, and he knows how to rehearse and work with young people to bring out their best. There is nothing more you could ask for in one of your faculty – Marvin Stamm
The surprise for me is Armstrong, whose solos evoke the best work of the young Freddie Hubbard, characterised by a gloriously burnished tone and a relaxed intensity but without Hubbard’s occasional tendency to get hung up on repeated phrases. He and Allen (whose alto saxophone solos are particularly enjoyable) combine to create the kind of lean front-line blend that is ideal for this material – Richard Williams The Blue Moment (reviewing The Flying Pig)
Armstrong’s fiery trumpeting another highlight.
lyrical solos coming from Armstrong on mellifluous flugel horn,
Particularly impressive was Armstrong’s flaring trumpet solo. A first time visitor to Titley Armstrong consistently impressed with his physical commitment and fiery playing,
“…a wonderful, near luminous, trumpet contribution from Mark Armstrong that feels as if it is cut adrift and floating away in a reverie of its own.”
Mark Armstrong’s trumpet later matches the master stride for stride.
Duncan Heining (Review of Stan Tracey’s The Flying Pig)
The flugelhorn and trumpet of Mark Armstrong , as with the best two-horn frontlines, provides the perfect foil to the quicksilver solos of the saxophonist, and lays out his solos in a most logical, if more laid back and considered manner that is equally as satisfying.
This 2010 edition of bebop in the shape of Pete Long’s band, with his ferocious alto playing combining with Mark Armstrong’s Dizzy like trumpet up in the stratosphere , clearly evoked the chase choruses of Parker and Gillespie, and thrilled the crowd with their fast and furious interpretations of bebop standards such as “Blue N’Boogie”, “Groovin’ High”, and a medium paced finger popping “Night in Tunisia”. Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” gave Mark Armstrong a chance to shine, playing beautifully on this slower ballad while he was equally at home at lightning speed on muted trumpet on “Dizzy Atmosphere” – Ian Fleckney
Highlights were Mark Armstrong’s wonderful trumpet feature on Body And Soul, played as a duo with Steve Melling – Trudie Squires
tight and tasteful – Mike Hobart
the youthful (and brilliant) Mark Armstrong on trumpet – Dennis Harrison
britain’s poshest geordie
– pete long