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Lorenzo Morresi & Tenderlonious

Cosmica Italiana

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s Italian soundtrack and library music went through its most experimental, prolific and dazzling period having a strong radio presence in both Europe and the US. Musicians and composers such as Piero Umiliani, Amleto Armando Roelens and even Ennio Morricone were regularly experimenting with idiosyncratic combinations of jazz, electronic, progressive, disco, funk and psych genres.

    It was their mutual love of these 60s and 70s soundtracks that brought Lorenzo Morresi and Tenderlonious together. After performing alongside each other at a festival in Italy back in 2017 the idea was quickly conceived to put together a fresh take starting with that early 1970s Italian style, using contemporary analogue inspired arrangements combined with experimental and joyful 'tongue in cheek' sounds that could work on the dance floor as well as at home.

    Tracks like "Nuda Sorgente", "Doppio Sogno" and "Estate" are club oriented with a musical crossover from old- to- new. 'Estate' is a cover from the classic jazz standard by Italian singer Bruno Martino. Tender and Morresi worked tirelessly between Italy and London for approximately 2 years carefully shaping their album 'Cosmica Italiana': "With this project we've done our best to deliver our own interpretation of this wonderful era of Italian music and rediscover a beautiful genre, whilst maintaining a strong respect and admiration for the sounds that those original Italian masters created. Their records impressed and inspired us and we hope it will be the same for our listeners today."

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Cosmica Italiana
    2. Bazar Milano
    3. Nuda Sorgente
    4. Tema Cinque
    5. Doppio Sogno
    6. Interludio
    7. Estate
    8. 5:00 AM
    9. Movimento Astratto
    10. Classico
    11. Acqua

    Whether it be jazz fusion with his band Ruby Rushton, Hindustani classical with Pakistani quartet Jaubi or deep house, electro funk and ambient electronica in his solo studio productions, Tenderlonious has accumulated a back catalogue of releases and collaborations that unveil a musician who is continuously striving to evolve and push the boundaries of sound.

    'Still Flute' continues with that notion, combining his signature live flute and synth work over Detroit house, p-funk, spiritual ragas and ambient sound designs. There are four deep house jams, including 'Song For My Mother' and title track 'Still Flute', all embellished with energetic flute solos. 'Isaac's Theme' and 'Neptune's Mood' add the downbeat p-funk mood, while 'Seti Khola' is a deeply spiritual Hindustani raga. 'Journey to Thra' and 'End Transmission' add the ambient palette to another phenomenal record from Tenderlonious and the 22a camp.

    'Still Flute' is the long awaited follow up to Tenderlonious's highly acclaimed 2016 mini-album 'On Flute'.

    For fans of Larry Heard, Moodymann, Dam-Funk & Yussef Kamaal...


    TRACK LISTING

    CD Tracks:
    Song For My Mother
    Isaac's Theme
    Hold Tight
    Journey To Thra 
    Seti Khola (Bonus Track)
    Still Flute
    Neptune's Mood
    Blue Tender 
    One For The Rhodes
    End Transmission (Bonus Track)

    LP Tracks:
    Song For My Mother
    Isaac's Theme
    Hold Tight
    Journey To Thra
    Still Flute 
    Neptune's Mood
    Blue Tender
    One For The Rhodes

    *Please Note CD & Digital Versions Include 2 Bonus Tracks Not On The LP.

    Tenderlonious

    Quarantena

      Lockdown allowed Tender to escape from his busy lifestyle and touring schedule, finally giving him the time to properly explore and experiment with the vast collection of synths, drum machines and instruments he's built up over the past twenty years. Armed with an arsenal of hardware and inspired by sci-fi & fantasy movies, he has delivered an expansive opus of varying tempos that glide across imaginative synth sculptures and meditative soundscapes. The soundtrack to his quarantine - 'Quarantena.'

      The album begins with '1984 (Chapter One)', a tribute to the novel by George Orwell that depicts a dystopian society, captured perfectly by this moody intro. 'Rococo's Raga' is a nod to Tender's recent project, 'Tender in Lahore.' Based around the harmonic minor scale this raga is a conversation between the flute and marimba backed by an infectious swing groove. The title track 'Quarantena' has an epic soundtrack feel with luscious pads, soaring strings and orchestral horn lines, backed by solos from Tender on flute and also featuring Nick Walters on trumpet.

      The flip side includes 'Total Recall', another tribute to one of Tender's favourite films from childhood. Made purely from the sounds of the Yamaha SY85, the ghostly choir transports listeners to an eerie space, reminiscent of scenes from the film. 'Birds of Paradise' is another stand out, which would make a fitting accompaniment to any modern film soundtrack. Sounds of the jungle sweep in and out, whilst Tender adds flute and synth flurries alongside a sparse, head nodding groove - downtempo at its finest. 'Quarantena' is Tenderlonious' most confident, slick and accomplished studio work yet.

      TRACK LISTING

      1984 (chapter One)
      Rocco's Raga
      Quarantena
      Falkor Flight
      Lockdown Boogie
      Covid Blues
      Total Recall
      Moment’s Notice
      Birds Of Paradise
      MaskUp/GloveUp
      Utopia
      Forty Nights

      ‘Ironside’ is Ruby Rushton’s most complete work to date and was recorded over a 2 day session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. It sees the band continuing to push boundaries, and lead the way, with this new genre defying recording. The quartet’s fresh, high energy sound is rooted in the spiritual concepts of John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, paying homage to The Headhunters and Weather Report heyday, whilst still adopting influences from hip hop, Afrobeat and the UK underground culture.

      ”Ironside” - meaning someone who is “courageous and possessing great physical and mental strength” sums up the Ruby Ruston journey so far. A personal, against the odds journey, that required Tenderlonious starting a label, 22a, back in 2013. Nobody much cared about jazz back in 2011 when the first Ruby Ruston album (‘Two For Joy’) was recorded, so the 22a platform was built, a home for friends and members of the family to release music from. Fast forward to 2019 and the jazz landscape is looking a whole lot healthier.

      The album’s title track embodies its meaning more than any other track on the album. A highly technical, jazzy jungle mover, held down by Tim Carnegie’s drums and Tenderlonious’ expeditious flute solo. ”The Return Of The Hero” nods most explicitly to the ever-present flute hero Yusef Lateef, the prancing dance of “Eleven Grapes” builds a locked groove perpetually upwards in spirals of dizzying frency, whilst “Triceratops The Caller” evokes alternating contributions from 4 Hero’s sampled breaks, J-Dilla’s loping beats and Lonnie Liston Smith’s cosmic keys, all of which coalesce in a perfect, joyous blend. The solemn beauty of “Prayer for Greenfell” is a respectful and dignified memorial, befitting of the magnitude of many lives stolen and “Pingwin VI” is dedicated to another hero of Tenderlonious - the Polish Jazz legend Kristof Komeda.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: Ruby Rushton's been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since 2015 and is storming ahead with a unique all-encompassing mixture of jazz, Afrobeat and hip hop. Ironside does not disappoint, high energy and instrumentally a masterpiece in itself.

      TRACK LISTING

      One Mo’ Dram
      Where Are You Now
      The Target
      Return Of The Hero
      Eleven Grapes
      Lara’s Theme
      Prayer For Grenfell
      Ironside
      Triceratops The Caller
      Pingwin
      VI (Requiem For Komeda)
      Lara’s Theme (Alternate Take)**
      Where Are You Now? (Alternate Take)**

      ** CD Only

      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

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        34268
        Dear Old Thing
        Brahman
        Zeno

        Ruby Rushton

        Trudi's Songbook: Volume Two

          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!


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          Tisbury Truckin
          Song For Christopher
          Trudi’s Mood (Part II)
          Charlott E Emma Victoria
          Together At Last
          Butterfly

          Neue Grafik

          Soul Conspiracy

            Debut release on 22a for rising Parisian producer Neue Grafik. ‘Soul Conspiracy’ explores broken beat, house and hip hop and grasps that very distinctive 22a sound fusing classic house beats with a lo-fi boogie feel. DJ support from Alexander Nut, Bradley Zero, Tenderlonious, Dennis Ayler, Lefto and many more - essential! Located in Paris, Neue Grafik represents a generation of artists at the forefront of electronic music. Routing his influences in a heavy 70s feel, his latest EP ‘Soul Conspiracy’ invites the listener to explore a fusion of live and programmed electronic music. Grafik makes good use of live instrumentation on this EP, featuring plenty of Fender Rhodes and lead synth, as well as a sprinkling of live drums and a strong guest vocal from the soulful likes of Wayne Snow. Tunes like ‘Modern Man’ and ‘Thanos Interlude’ adopt an inspired broken beat approach, reminiscent of early Bugz productions, whilst the title track ‘Soul Conspiracy’ has a distinct 22a quality, fusing classic house beats with a lo-fi boogie feel.

            One of the three outrageously talented Deenmamode brothers (Mo Kolours & Reginald Omas Mamode IV), Jeen Bassa has carved out a reputation as one of the leading beat-tape producers in the game today. His warm and woozy productions mix up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes. An artist that clearly stands out in a world that’s saturated with bland Dilla and Madlib-esque pastiches.‘All My People’ takes listeners on an electronic journey through hip hop, soul, jazz, funk and pan african sounds, hugely influenced by Bassa’s Mauritian roots.

            TRACK LISTING

            Audio Visual
            Herb & Rhythm
            Dramatise
            Poets House
            My People
            Body Talking
            The Landscapes
            Do The Do
            Latin Fingers
            Cocoa Lotion
            Ode To The Funk
            Outro


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