The talented British pianist and composer Greg Foat is back. After wooing fans with his début album back in 2011, Mr Foat immediately returned to the studio to write the follow-up. Having initially heard glimpses of the new material when his band played live at The Jazz Meet back in March, we can now happily report that the full album officially dropped this week and can be purchased via your local retailer (or direct from the Jazzman Records website). So just how do you follow an album that was labelled an instant classic in some quarters (yes, including us!) and featured in many year-end lists as well as being named one of the best jazz albums of 2011 at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards? Well it seems Greg knows the answer. Speaking about the project back in March, Greg said that “It is pretty special, it is like a companion album to ‘Dark
Now the dust has settled on our first guest band session at our new venue Floripa, it’s time to reflect. Thanks to everyone who managed to drop in on last Sunday’s gig, it really was so good to see so many friendly faces and of course new faces for what was a great day of live jazz in the heart of East London. So far the new venue is working out well with improved space for the live acts, reasonably priced drinks (not to mention awesome cocktails) and the most divine Sunday Roast we’ve ever tasted (Brazilian no less!). So for the moment we’d like to show everyone who’s supported us at the first two events a lot of LOVE, as running a weekly live night in the current climate is by no means an easy feat. Looking back at Sunday, we were blessed to welcome Jazzman Records’ own Greg Foat
In the first of a new series of brief exchanges with some of Britain’s up and coming and established contemporary jazz musicians, we sit down with British pianist, arranger and jazz composer Greg Foat for a quick discussion about his forthcoming second album for Jazzman Records. Here’s what he had to say…
Since 1998 Jazzman’s Gerald Short has been scouring the world for rare and forgotten records to reissue and re-release, often enticing the hearts, minds and record boxes of modern-day DJs in the process and offering a brand new leash of life for hard to find music from a bygone age. Occasionally, he also looks forward and brings to light present day acts that fit the Jazzman Records ethos perfectly. A pianist, composer and arranger by trade, Greg Foat is one of those artists. Following his limited edition 10″ début which sold out pretty much everywhere on first issue, Greg releases his first full album called “Dark Is The Sun” under the guise of The Greg Foat Group. Comprising of ten tracks (which includes a four-part suite of the title track), Greg plays piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer and harpsichord to produce a UK jazz album with a difference. Often atmospheric, with
Debut release from the Greg Foat Group forthcoming on Jazzman Records. Stream and video. Quality contemporary jazz with a spiritual feel.