Image of Nérija - Blume
Record Label

About this item

Nérija are the septet of contemporary jazz luminaries, Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Rooted in friendship, Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians.

Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. One of the recording aims was to channel the feel of Teo Macero and Stanley Tonkel’s records with Miles Davis during his Columbia years, thinking “forward” as they did but for this band, capturing the controlled chaos and frame it with a timeless elegance.

"Blume" is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work; their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.


Emily says: New London jazz supergroup Nérija have debuted their radiant, horn driven sound in 2019 to great acclaim. ‘Blume’ expands on the foundations they established earlier this year with their self titled EP. Teeming with lush harmonies, syncopated riffs and plenty of afrobeat shuffle, it is sure to impress fans of Kokoroko, Ezra Collective and Maisha.


1.Nascence - Composed By Nérija
Solos From Sheila Maurice-Grey, Rosie Turton And Lizy Exell
2. Riverfest - Composed By Nérija
Solos From Shirley Tetteh And Rio Kai
3. Last Straw - Composed By Sheila Maurice-Grey
Solos From Nubya Garcia And Sheila Maurice-Grey
4. Partner Girlfriend Lover - Composed By Shirley Tetteh
Solo From Shirley Tetteh
5. EU (Emotionally Unavailable) - Composed By Cassie Kinoshi
Solos From Cassie Kinoshi And Nubya Garcia
6. Blume - Composed By Nubya Garcia
Lead Line From Sheila Maurice-Grey And Nérija On Vocals
7. Equanimous - Composed By Rio Kai
Solos From Rosie Turton And Shirley Tetteh
8. Swift - Composed By Lizy Exell
Solos From Lizy Exell And Cassie Kinoshi
9. Unbound - Composed By Rosie Turton
Solos From Rosie Turton And Nubya Garcia
10. Blume Ii - Composed By Nubya Garcia
Lead Line From Sheila Maurice-Grey And Nérija On Vocals

Back to top