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Still Flute

    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, he 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...

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    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.

    Lorenzo Morresi & Tenderlonious

    Cosmica Italiana

    Italian DJ, producer and musician Lorenzo Moressi makes his debut on South London imprint 22a alongside label boss Tenderlonious, with a 7” album sampler of Italian library inspired disco-funk. In the 1970’s, Italian soundtrack and Library music went through it’s most experimental, prolific and dazzling period. Musician’s and composers such as Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni and even Ennio Morricone were experimenting with idiosyncratic combinations of jazz, electronic, disco, funk and psych, regularly for TV, film scores and advertising.

    Their output from this period was wonderfully joyful, atmospheric and ironic, with it’s treasures only now encountered by the most dedicated of diggers and enthusiasts. It was the mutual love of these 70’s soundtracks that brought Lorenzo and Tenderlonious together. After meeting at a festival in Italy back in 2017 they quickly bonded over Jay Richford and Gary Steven’s album “Feelings’, actually produced by Italian composer Stefano Torossi. The idea was quickly conceived to put together a fresh take on that ‘70s Italian style, with contemporary analog sounding arrangements and experimental, joyful “tongue in cheek” sounds that could work on the dancefloor as well as at home. Cosmica Italiana & Nuda Sorgente are the first two tracks taken from Lorenzo Moressi and Tenderlonious’ album due for release in 2021 on 22a.

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    Cosmica Italiana
    Nuda Sorgente

    Tenderlonious

    Ragas From Lahore: Improvisations With Jaubi

    In April 2019, 22a boss and multi-instrumentalist, Tenderlonious embarked on a trip to Pakistan to work with Lahore based instrumental quartet, Jaubi. Following on from the success of the three-track limited edition 10” vinyl release of ‘Tender in Lahore’ earlier this year, 22a presents the full LP-length suite of improvised Ragas from a one day recording session in Lahore, featuring four previously unreleased tracks.

    Opening track ‘Shalah Bagh’ is inspired by the Mughal gardens in Lahore they visited. It is a fully improvised track guided by Kashif Ali Dhani on table and vocals, with Tenderlonious on soprano saxophone. Raga Chandrakauns acts as the basic framework, evolving into a free conversation between tabla and saxophone.

    ‘Azadi’ is the Urdu word for freedom and is a pure raga composed in the beautiful and devotional pentatonic Raga Bairagi, also based in the 12-beat rhythmic cycle (Ektaal). Like everything during these sessions, this raga was shown to Tender moments before the one take recording and what ensued was an improvised conversation between the musicians. Featuring Jaubi members Zohaib Hassan Khan on sarangi - Zohaib is a 7th generation sarangi maestro and one of only 5 professional sarangi players left in Pakistan practicing this ancient art form. Plus Jaubi guitarist and band leader Ali Riaz Baqar, providing the guitar accompaniment.

    Other tracks include ‘Kirwani Part II’ is an alternate take of the original, this time featuring Tenderlonious on soprano saxophone in conversation with Kashif Ali Dhani on tabla. Marek Marek Pedziwiatr, from EABS & Astigmatic Records, provides the synth drone back drop on all tracks

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    Shahla Bagh
    Azadi
    Kirwani
    Azeem
    Kirwani Part II
    Impressions

    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

      Tenderlonious

      Tender Plays Tubby

        A chance sequence of events lead to Tenderlonious, getting his hands on Tubby Hayes' Piccolo, resulting in this outstanding re-interpretation of four classic Tubby Hayes tracks. Featuring some of London's finest jazz musicians, with the hope to introduce a whole new generation of jazz fans to a true great of British jazz.

        Personnel: Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne (piccolo, flute, soprano saxophone), Nick Walters (trumpet), Hamish Balfour (piano, vibes, Fender Rhodes), Pete Martin (bass guitar), Aidan Shepherd (accordion), Tim Carnegie (drums)

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        1. Down In The Village
        2. Trenton Place
        3. Raga
        4. In The Night


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