Back in Spring 2007, an inconspicuous twelve inch appeared on the ever consistent Impossible Ark label, featuring three absolutely irresistible Afro-Cuban flavoured jazz cuts. Conceived and produced by Benedic Lamdin (Nostalgia 77) and Hugo Mendez (Sofrito), arranged by Johnny Spall (Nostalgia 77) and featuring some of London’s most up and coming young jazz talents and a group of Cuban percussionists, the pairing of new versions of Nina Simone, Machito and Kenny Dorham standards completely redone for a modern dancefloor, proved so popular that it sold out it a matter of weeks. Some four years later and with the original wax now somewhat scarce (and expensive to source), Impossible Ark have finally decided to put out the full project. The finished article draws upon a pool of experienced players from the likes of the Nostalgia 77 Octet, the Alex Wilson Band, Jazz Jamaica, the Heliocentrics and Ska Cubano, who combine to bring a fresh sound
A release that made it into many end of year roundups as 2010 drew to a close was the Skeletons’ album “Smile”, a Benedic Lamdin AKA Nostalgia 77 produced side project modeled from studio outtakes and scraps of previously recorded session material, and later released on his own Impossible Ark imprint. Although following in the footsteps of his earlier jazz flavoured releases, the tone of this album was much more experimental, drawing on a range of influences including blues, dub and even a little Mulatuesque Ethio-jazz. A year later and following his last studio album “Everything Under The Sun” in 2009, Mr Lamdin continues the trend and returns to Tru Thoughts ready to unleash his fourth solo project, “The Sleepwalking Society”, due to go on sale 21 March 2011. In keeping with his Skeletons project, the mood on this latest work is far more than just jazz. Working with a
Debut release from the Greg Foat Group forthcoming on Jazzman Records. Stream and video. Quality contemporary jazz with a spiritual feel.
Anyone that caught the second part of our 2010 jazz retrospective would have found (not so) deeply buried in the mix a deep and melodic piece of music from producer and drummer Nick Woodmansey AKA Emanative and Mancunian trumpeter Matthew Halsall entitled “Find You”. Originally taken from the album ‘Time“, the composition was one of many new tracks nestled amongst contemporary remixes of music taken from Emanative’s companion piece “Space” released in early 2009 on Futuristica Music. Both albums featured our very own Jessica Lauren on keys and also brought to the fore a trio of vocalists in the form of Deborah Jordan (Panacea, Silhouette Brown), Heidi Vogel (Likwid Biskit, Cinematic Orchestra) and Nik’s own wife Liz Elensky. It appears that Liz has been back in the studio and is gearing up to release some of her own work because as of today an absolutely delicious version of the Dizzy