Vels Trio | Yellow Ochre

British jazz band, Vels Trio are about to release their debut EP. ‚Yellow Ochre EP‘ demonstrates the virtuoso jazz talents of the band while maintaining the hip-hop inspired funk that has come to define their sound. „The slender keys of Jack Stephen Oliver glide over Dougal Taylor’s breakbeat fire landing with Cameron Dawson’s funky wah bass lines all culminating in an explosion of synths and tasty licks.“

Out on Total Refreshment Records, available June 9, 2017 on Bandcamp.

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Yazz Ahmed | La Saboteuse

Bahraini-British performer, Yazz Ahmed, is transforming what jazz means in 2017. This trumpet and flugelhorn-playing artist has worked with Radiohead and These New Puritans, experiments with electronic effects, and combines sounds from her shared heritage to author a new narrative for the genre. Part of the new wave of artists credited with stirring up the sound, including Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal, Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming, Yazz Ahmed is thrilled by the possibilities of making something new. “I feel like I’m a part of modernising jazz and connecting it with audiences today,” Yazz says. “It’s exciting.”

Her new album ‘La Saboteuse’ is a deep exploration of both her British and Bahraini roots. Ably assisted by musicians including Lewis Wright on vibraphone, Shabaka Hutchings on bass clarinet and Naadia Sherriff on Rhodes keyboard, it’s composed of undulating rhythms, Middle Eastern melody and Yazz’s sonorous trumpet lines. ‘La Saboteuse’ will be released in four chapters incrementally, unravelling the story, before the full version is available. Each chapter has its own cover, with beautiful illustrations by Bristol artist Sophie Bass. “I feel really touched, nobody’s created art from my music before, it’s really special,” Yazz says.

Out on Naim Records, available on Bandcamp.

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Dwight Trible | Inspirations

Gondwana Records presents Los Angeles based jazz singer Dwight Trible’s new album. A key collaborator with the likes of Pharoah Sanders and Kamasi Washington, Trible is a long time favourite of the Gondwana record label owner Matthew Halsall. The label-debut release „Inspirations“ is produced by and features Matthew Halsall on trumpet, alongside members of The Gondwana Orchestra.

„Inspirations“ will be released on the 30th June 2017, pre-order here.

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Ruby Rushton | Trudi’s Songbook

„Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One“ is the new album by 22a-artist Ruby Rushton, written and arranged by Tenderlonious (Edward Cawthorne). The album features Edward Cawthorne on flute & sax, Nick Walters on trumpet, Aidan Shepherd on the keys, Fergus Ireland on bass, Joseph Deenmamode percussions, Eddie Hick on the drums.

Out on 22a, released May 19, 2017, available on Bandcamp, stream the entire album after the jump.

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A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2

If Music’s Jean-Claude returns for a second spellbinding edition of ‚A Journey Into Deep Jazz‘. Going even deeper than volume 1, this triple vinyl pack is one to truly lose yourself in, with several of the tracks running over 12 minutes in length – Sparrow’s ‚Latin Black Funk‘ even over 20 minutes! The obscure gems contained on this compilation have either flown under the radar or remained out of print for many years, so there are bound to be fresh treats here for even the most obsessive collector. Dense without being over-challenging, raw yet enchanting, ‚Deep Jazz Volume 2‘ is a collection of soul-stirring rarities to nourish the spirit.

Released February 24, 2017 – Available on Bandcamp.

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