Category Archives: Jazz

Lisa Richards blends folk and jazz in new album

A Light From The Other Side is Lisa Richards’ new album set for release on 21st April, and the Australian singer-songwriter has formed the new record from a base of folk and jazz that create an almost unheard of sound for modern audiences.

Lisa suffered during her childhood, with a difficult upbringing that included her mother being involved in a car crash and a lot of substance abuse, even from a young age. Yet it is these memories and experiences that allow her to write her introspective songs in her own unique style,

Taken from the new album, ‘Frank Sinatra’ is an upbeat tune full of delicate shuffling guitar and Lisa’s incredible vocals that occupy their very own private estate in the world of singing voices; you’ve honestly never heard anyone quite like her.

A Light From The Other Side exhibits Lisa Richard’s fascinating and turbulent life story, which is weaved throughout her songs. Set for release in April of this year, the record was also put together with the help of internationally renowned producer-singer-songwriter, Greg J Walker.

 

 

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

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https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

M’GOO release single from upcoming concept album ‘LOVE AND ALL THAT _ _ _ _’

Jazz trained group M’GOO release ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ from concept album ‘LOVE AND ALL THAT _ _ _ _’. The single follows the true story by Glen Washington from Snap Judgement, exploring the theme of ‘do we ever really know the person we love?’

The unique track had an entirely unique composition procedure whereby lead vocalist Mike Meighu finds an inspiring story, poem or piece philosophical material and scores the music around this theme. From here the rest of the band re-write the song from a fresh point of view, giving their upcoming album a real improvisational live style to it.

Stream ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”’ here:

Alongside each track M’GOO will release a podcast and visual art exploring the themes portrayed in each track. Below you can view M’GOO’s moodboard for ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘

 http://www.mgoomusic.com/Didntwanttohearyousay/

 

Manchester act Mercury reshaping jazz with new album Sea Speak and UK tour

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“Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination”

– Gwilym Simcock

 

 

Watch album teaser for Sea Speak here on Youtube:

 

 

Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group’s sound that they invited them to play at King’s Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.

 

Mercury has since gone on to be nominated for awards such as the Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, their lead member Tom Thorp making it to the grand finals of the Taichung International Sax Competition. Developing their sound to incorporate elements of electronica, psychadelia, classical and indie, they have been slowly reshaping jazz for a 21st Century audience, and now have a brand new album in the pipeline titled Sea Speak.

Manchester act Mercury reshaping jazz with new album Sea Speak and UK tour

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‘Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination’

– Gwilym Simcock

 

Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group’s sound that they invited them to play at King’s Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.

Listeners wanting a taster of the band’s upcoming album can listener to this demo version of title track ‘Sea Spark’, a progressive and smoky piece that builds and ebbs like the ocean itself.

 

Stream demo of title track ‘Sea Speak’ here:

 

On top of their new album, Mercury have a tour planned that will take them to venues such as Capstone Theatre in Liverpool and Band on the Wall in Manchester. A second half of the tour will also be taking place early next year.

 

Tour Dates:

4/10 – Band on the Wall, Manchester

26/10 – The Fringe, Bristol (CANCELLED)

25/11 – The Jazz Cafe, Newcastle

30/11 – Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

Matty T Wall Lifts You Out of the Winter Blues and Brings You Stunning ‘Blue Skies’

Watch a taste of Matty T Wall here:

Perth born and bred Matty T Wall is already well on his way to joining legends just like Dave Hole, Bon Scott (ACDC) and the John Butler Trio. “I am like an elastic band pulled really tight, ready to go,” he says. “That’s how I feel about my music.” In his youth following bands like Metallica and Sepultura he recognised how they honoured the blues masters before them, aspiring to be at their level he got into the blues and since Matty has “never gotten out of it.”.

Having studied many disciplines such as flamenco, swing jazz and funk Matty is recognised as a master of the guitar. He wrings raw emotions from as little as a single note by bending the strings of his beloved 1961 Les Paul Custom into tantalising sounds that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up to attention. He is not just playing music of the past though, he is redefining the genre with his modern stance and influences. ” the fresh blood from dynamic youngsters Old Blood and MattyTWall, showing that age is not a factor in bringing out the Blues in people.”

By Derek Cromb, announcer on 89.7 FM’s Play The Blues., Rhythm Magazine Blues At Bridgetown 2013

The ‘Blue Skies’ single showcases his creative playing through the wonderfully detailed virtuosic inflections he decorates his music with. As observed by Geoff Scott, “One of the best blues guitarists that I have ever witnessed. ” from the White Star, Albany.

You can purchase the album here:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blue-skies/id1100087563

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Skies-Matty-T-Wall/dp/B01EII2IRM

Links:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJVmIDUs-_o&feature=youtu.be

Nat Birchall -Sound Soul And Spirit

“Creation” is Nat Birchall‘s eighth album and his most fully realised to date. The group assembled for this recording features two drummers, Johnny Hunter and Andy Hay, and along with Nat, pianist Adam Fairhall and bassist Michael Bardon they create a sound and energy perfectly matched to reveal the deepest messages within the music. The group create enough kinetic energy for interstellar travel, which is exactly where the music takes the listener!

Check out his Soundcloud here:

 

From the opening bars of “Love in the Cosmos” to the closing diminuendo of “Light of All Worlds” the music stretches and soars, taking the listener both deep within themselves and also to the furthest reaches of space/time on a journey of profound emotional expression that ultimately uplifts the spirit.

Gilles Peterson said Nat is “one of the best musicians in the UK, no question”, plus Nat’s last album (“Invocations”, on Jazzman Records) was featured in his best of 2015 show. Nat’s music is regularly featured on Gilles’ radio shows, as well as BBC Radio 3 shows, Jazz on 3 and Jazz Line-Up, plus Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show and shows like Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music.

Creation is a five-track, 35-minute long album and will be available on CD and in digital download/streaming formats.
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Yo Will Make You ‘Shake It’ With New Single!

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The latest single taken from the album will be the punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – satin like robed in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a known trippy sensibility.

You can hear the track here:

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‘Shake It’ as a track represents just one of the many areas and styles that make Yo such an interesting band. Each track is specifically influenced by the place, time and events of its conception, so pinning down a genre is something of a challenge.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.

Links:

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/YoMusic

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/itmustbeyo

Toyface ready for new album: ‘Follow the Rules of the Trainwreck’

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Having been described by a fellow artist as ‘like Laura Marling crossed with Billie Holiday’, Bristol based duo Tamsyn and James, aka Toyface, are a mouth watering proposition for music fans. With a varied collection of 11 songs making up their debut album, the pair have blended an eclectic range of influences that has resulted in an album with strong jazz and cinematic leanings; both playful and plaintive.

The pair’s songwriting process is varied: sometimes involving Tamsyn writing lyrics alongside her own simple structures on guitar; but often times working from a cappellas, which James then lays piano chords underneath. This is clearly a combination that works well and has yielded a crop of songs which are relatable to anybody who has ever found themselves working hard to find a place in the world – a situation most, if not all of us, know well.

In Tamsyn’s own words, the album ‘charts a process of experiencing, coping with, and the eventual resolution of, existential angst that I went through in my early 20s’; by way of heartbreak, physical insecurity and complex family ties’. And it’s from this well of shared stories where Toyface’s main strength lies – their ability to write with searing honesty about the common human experience, and lay those tales out across an intense, shifting musical backdrop.

For an example check out the lead album track ‘Flight’:

With a new festival season on the horizon, there will be plenty more chances to see Toyface in the very near future, starting with that album launch gig on April 24th.

Links:

Www.soundcloud.com/toyface

https://www.facebook.com/toyfacemusic?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/toyfacemusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/toyfaceTV

http://toyface.bandcamp.com/

Roland Syndicate release new Album

You can take a listen to the band on Soundcloud:

Rolly’s Syndicate: Little Mullu: Buy the Album on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/little-mullu/id881020823

Rollys Syndicate are the Warwickshire based band, that are mixing contemporary blues and soul. They are now set to release a new album for the summer. Working together, Milli aids Roland with moving lyrics, whilst Ro’ brings the guitar backing.

Their music has that open air quality you only reall see in the Jazz genre. With great guitar playing and memorable lyrics, the band congregates together; to make a thoroughly enjoyable collection of moving and expressive tracks.

After a long period of co-operation with the band, Milli could no longer commit to the long term vision of the group. However, in honour of the bands history together, the Roland Syndicate decided to dedicate their debut album to Milli and her lyrical talents.

Fortunately, she happily agreed to collaborate on a short term basis. It’s for this reason that most of the lyrics in the album draw their influence from both the bands everyday life and Milli’s personal journey to this point.

The band has now picked a new vocalist from a selection of more than 30 applicants. Her name is Natalie Brown and the band tells us that she is as good as Milli!

Her background includes being the lead vocalist in the original band, StoneSoulUK from February 2006 to October 2013 (writing and performing mainly original material, as well as cover material). Natalie has also lent her vocal talents to the cover band ‘the Bottle’, whilst studying at university (1997-2000). Ontop of all this she has performed at major west midland venues such as The Yardbird, Victoria Square and The Malthouse.

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Natalie Brown’s influences include Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson.

Hungarian born, Roland produced the album as part of achieving a degree at Staffordshire University. He has showcased his talents at many different live gigs such as: The Public (West Bromwich), Hare & Hounds (Birmingham), Bulls Head (Birmingham), Mixing Bowl Theatre (Birmingham). Roland said that he has played many live gigs but for him the biggest event was at the Sziget Festival.

On-top of these live shows, the group has also been featured on the ‘BBC Introducing’ series, played on Radio Warwickshire, Airplay & The Musical Journey show (live), Tweets & web mentions (Clay Lowe/SoulCuzer radio presenter), Radio Plus – Airplay & Live Room Session.

Through the years, Milli and Roland have developed a good understanding of the musical influences they wanted to follow, and thus developed a winning musical chemistry. Roland’s professionalism and creativity seemed to work well with Milli adding her soulful tones, as she is not only a talented vocalist, but also an amazing songwriter with a history in Drama and Literature.

Benny (drummer) & Luke (bass player) were both attracted to the the unique mix of Soul, contemporary Blues and a touch of jazzy elements, they both relate to in their own personal musical backgrounds.

Luke, the bass player in the band was born in Leamington Spa in 1992, picking up his first guitar at the age of 11. It was after watching the video of November Rain that Luke’s hobby turned into a lifelong passion. He has played from many names such as the African Kora players to Art rock bands and anyone else that would give him his next step into the starlight. His talent developed quickly due to dedication and his love to the art.

Benny, the band’s drummer, plays several styles including jazz, rock, blues and funk. He played in jazz trios, big bands, rock and punk bands through the years. He has recently played in the Boogie snakes and the Holly Perkins Bands. Making appearances on many different jam sessions around Oxfordshire. Bennys drum kit is a vintage Yamaha kit from 1973, Yamaha Vintage Series snare, Zildjian cymbals with Evans heads. The drummer says that his influencers are Dennis Chambers, Ed Thigpen and Zsolt Mike.

The Unique combination of styles and influences Rolly’s Syndicate produce demonstrates the colourful background of the group members, Roland’s Passion for blues from a Hungarian Background, Beni’s Amazing talent and vast experience playing with various bands and Luke’s alternative veins and passion for Jazz & World Music.

Social Networking

https://www.youtube.com/user/rollyssyndicate

Paolo Nutini HAIGHT ASHBURY DATES

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Ahead of releasing their fourth Album in October, Haight-Ashbury will be supporting Paolo Nutini on his sell out European dates starting this weekend. After taking a break from touring to record their new album, the Glasgow band will be releasing a new single “ Hard Handsome Woman” on September 7th and their own UK/European dates starting in November.

3rd May | Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
5th May | Le Trianon, Paris, France
7th May | Docks, Hamburg, Germany
8th May | E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
9th May | Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany

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