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Ruby Rushton

Eleven Grapes / One Mo' Dram

    Ruby Rushton kicked down the door for the UK jazz renaissance back in 2015, and continue to lead the way in 2019 with this new genre-defying recording. The music is rooted in the spiritual concepts of jazz heroes such as John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, whilst adopting influences from hip hop, Afrobeat and the UK underground culture.

    “Eleven Grapes” is a song that was first conceived back in 2013. Its catchy time signature and playful melody fit together perfectly. The intricate interplay between Tenderlonious’s flute and Aidan Shepherd’s keys transport you back to the heyday of Bennie Maupin and Herbie Hancock.

    “One Mo’ Dram “is a tune reworked from an early Tenderlonious studio production. The groove is deeply rooted in traditional West African rhythm. Tim Carnegie’s tough drum break builds and wraps itself around a slick trumpet solo from Nick Walters, before rolling back into the intricate melody that binds the track together.

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    7" Info: Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

    The Tenderlonious led jazz quartet Ruby Rushton and their 22a imprint have been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since the release of their debut album ‘Two For Joy’ in 2015. The band transport you back to the 70s Headhunters era, whilst still adopting the spiritual concepts of John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef. Audiences can expect to be treated to high energy compositions, fusing flavours of afro beat, hip hop, and Latin jazz.

    Both Trudi’s Songbook Volume One and Two were met with mass acclaim in the summer and autumn of 2017. They received regular airtime and support from DJ’s, tastemakers and radio stations across the world, including Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Bradley Zero, Jazz FM, BBC Radio 6 Music, Worldwide FM, NTS and many more. The huge support for the albums led to Trudi’s Songbook: Voloume Two being nominated for Jazz album of the year at the 2018 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Volume one & two paired together from Ruby Rushton's Trudi's Songbook bursts into a whirl of amazing jazz beats, with the layers of instruments overflowing with rhythm throughout. This is the perfect album so easy to sit back and relax to.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: Deluxe gatefold double vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

    Nick Walters & The Paradox Ensemble

    Awakening

    22a023 sees trumpeter, friend and long-time label affiliate Nick Walters bring his Paradox Ensemble back to life with the mini-album ‘Awakening’. The thirteen piece ensemble combine spiritual and eastern jazz moods with West African rhythms across four extended tracks. Limited one-off pressing, manufactured at Optimal, Germany.

    Channelling the spirit of Woody Shaw, Charles Mingus and absent friends the band features some familiar faces such as Ed Cawthorne (aka Tenderlonious) on tenor sax and flute, Aidan Shepherd (Ruby Rushton) on accordion and synth, and of course the incomparable Nick Walters (Ruby Rushton & Riot Jazz) on trumpet and synths.

    Tracks include “34268”, inspired by an Agbadja rhythm from Togo, features two ways of emphasising the same rhythmic motif - the first half a slower pulse of three beats to the bar before quickening to a four to the floor groove for the second half, accompanied by a classic trumpet solo from Walters.
    ”Dear Old Thing” is a tribute to beloved cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. The musical inspiration is channelled from Eric Dolphy via an exquisite flute solo from Ed Cawthorne (Tenderlonious) and another transcendent solo from Walters.

    Nick Walters is arguably one of the most underrated musicians in the UK jazz scene. This project on 22a, which is entirely composed and arranged by him and featuring a roster of unbelievably talented musicians, will hopefully change

    EABS

    Kraksa / Svantetic Feat. Tenderlonious

    EABS, a collaborative project with the Polish jazz septet and featuring Tenderlonious on flute and soprano saxophone. The Electro Acoustic Beat Sessions collective (EABS) are without doubt the most accomplished jazz group in the world right now. They have a unique and innovative approach to music, fusing elements of Polish and classic jazz with hip hop, funk and folk. Their debut album ‘Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda)’ is a dedication to Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda that focusses on compositions by Komeda between 1962 and 1967. The album explores Komeda’s lesser-known compositions featured in ballet etudes, movies, short films, documentaries and animations. ’Kraksa/Svantetic’ is the final part of a dedication to Krzysztof Komeda, recorded straight to tape at Radio Opole in Poland. Polish jazz has had a big influence on 22a and Tenderlonious and working with EABS became a priority after hearing their album. Tenderlonious was therefore delighted to accept their invitation to go out to Poland to perform with them.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: 22A bring us this stunning new jazz release EABS collaborating with Tenderlonious, creating this hybrid of jazzy-hip hop-funk but sticking with the traditional jazz style. A must if you like Ezra Collective or the Brownswood catalogue!

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    12" Info: Limited to 1000 copies worldwide.

    Tenderlonious

    The Shakedown Feat. The 22Archestra

    ‘The Shakedown’ is Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne’s debut LP and features a dream team of top talent he named the 22archestra, who he leads seamlessly throughout. Listeners are exposed to the full breadth of Cawthorne’s technical and compositional skills, ranging from subtly meandering jazz, to hip hop, Afrobeat, Latin and exhilarating free form jazz.

    The groups includes former Yussef Kamaal member Yussef Dayes on drums, Ruby Rushton bassist Fergus Ireland and producers Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa on percussion.

    The tracks include “SV Disco”, a nod to the mighty Slum Village, is a chunk of sensually-contorted disco vibes that brings on full party mode instantaneously, with the slinky bass licks and pitch-bent synthesiser recalling Roy Ayres’s blissed-out funk.

    ”Maria” showcases Ed’s roots as sample-based producer, pulling influence from around the globe to create an undulating piece of flute-led Brazilian fusion that fans of Ruby Rushton will find familiar. The eastern-inspired embellishments raise the temperature further, whilst former Yussef Kamaal member Yussef Dayes’ sizzling cymbals and shuffling snare work propel the track forwards, locking down a signature 22a groove.

    ”Yussef’s Groove” kicks off with driving drums, and each of the 22archestra enter steadily, fully utilising their virtuosic power, switching between low-slung bass, chic open piano solos and hazy electric piano. The 22archestra was conceived after Tenderlonious was invited to record at Abbey Road Studios. The whole crew was rounded-up and the album was recorded during a single 8 hour session - a testament to their musicianship and ability to nail a take.

    Personnel: Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne (flute & synth), Hamish Balfour (keys), Fergus Ireland (bass), Yussef Dayes (drums), Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Jeen Bassa, Konrad (percussion)

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Jazz with an innovative twist filled inspired by many people and places over the world, and this definitely shows in the style and production. The collaboration is overflowing with talented people who are absorbed in the world of everything jazz.

    Tenderlonious led jazz outf it Ruby Rushton drop their second album of 2017. Following on from the success of ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One’ the band are back with their highly anticipated ‘Volume Two’. Comprised of a further six cuts the listener is treated to another journey through modern day jazz!

    Stand out tracks include 'Tisbury Truckin', which is a stunning opener! Starting with an atmospheric soundscape it unexpectedly drops into a neck-snapping hip-hop groove with a punchy melodic line before effortlessly sliding into an up-tempo, afro-beat inspired rhythm with strong solos from trumpet and keys in tow. “Song For Christopher” is a heartfelt ballad, which begins with a touching flute solo and continues to take the listener on a journey through the emotions, ending in a crescendo of optimism - a fitting tribute to the late Christopher Rushton.

    ”Charlotte Emma Victoria” is another strong track and includes some tasteful sousaphone and trombone parts to add extra oomph to its bounce, accompanied by a soaring saxophone solo by band leader Edward Cawthorne (aka Tenderlonious). The album ends with a classic Herbie Hancock jazz-fusion standard, “Butterfly”, which the band handle with finesse. A fitting cover that I have no doubt would impress its original writers.

    ’Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’ is a fantastic album, which further solidifies Ruby Rushton’s place on the modern jazz scene. This is a must have album that would hold its own in any jazz enthusiasts record collection - make sure you check it out!


    Long awaited repress of the essenti al 2015 debut album from the Tenderlonious led jazz outf it - Ruby Rushton “Two For Joy”. The album tore up the rule book at the ti me and is a refl ecti ve, instrumental compositi on, nuanced by a fusion of jazz, afro-beat, hip-hop and electronic infl uences. Features drummer Yussef Dayes of Yussef Kamaal.

    Back when Ruby Rushton released their debut album in 2015, the London jazz landscape looked very diff erent. Moses Boyd hadn’t yet released the genreunifying ‘Rye Lane Shuffl e’, Yussef Kamaal Trio had only just fi rst teased their output at the 22a Boiler Room, never mind releasing an album which opened jazz up to a completely new audience. Shabakah Hutchins too conti nued to operate from the shadows, before The Ancestors, Sons of Kemet and Comet is Coming got their dues.

    Two For Joy perhaps came at a ti me when jazz wasn’t cool, but was a triumph nonetheless, fuelled by a love of Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and Fela Kuti to more contemporary arti sts like Slum Village and Sa-Ra. Recorded way back in 2011, it tore up the rule book reaching beyond traditi onal jazz and coff ee table conformity.

    The band was a quartet at the ti me made up of composer and 22a label boss Ed Cawthorne (Tenderlonious) on Saxophone, Nick Walters on Trumpet, Aiden Shepherd on keys and Yussef Dayes (Yussef Kamaal) playing drums. The album fuses jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-Beat and electronic music, captures the sound of London today! The album is fi lled with moments of ramped-up spell-binding energy, meditati ve slow-build solos, and melancholic grooves. Recorded live in e day, “Two For Joy” is the result of four friends coming together and expressing themselves in the only way they truly can.


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