We always like to keep our ear to the ground for new jazz releases here at The Jazz Meet. It’s certainly not always been about the more obscure or well-worn classics that more often cross our paths, and late last year our interest was piqued with the arrival of a fresh UK jazz project newly signed to the London record imprint Here and Now Recordings. After catching a sliver of the Ambient Jazz Ensemble’s brilliant first single ‘Jazz Face’ back in October, we were feverishly looking forward to the full length to drop, and late last month it did just that, a ten-track album entitled ‘Suite Shop’ flying the coop into the bright Monday morning sun. The brainchild of producer Colin Baldry, the release sits very much in a contemporary jazz frame, while also taking great inspiration from the world of electronic music. Teaming up with a crack ensemble of
For those that missed our recent mixtape from Jazz Meet resident Rob Coley, here’s a timely reminder of a new electronic jazz project from the Here and Now Recordings stable. Run by label boss John Cunningham (a man who knows a thing or two about quality jazz), it’s the imprint’s first foray into contemporary jazz territory and so far the signs are more than a little encouraging. Written, produced and recorded by established TV and film composer Colin Baldry, the Ambient Jazz Ensemble is a new venture that pairs classical jazz with modern-day electronics and features the joint talents of two of the UK’s leading jazz musicians Neil Cowley (piano) and Finn Peters (saxophone). A first taster from the project is now available via Juno Download in the form of a four-track EP and serves as a precursor to an album tentatively titled ‘Suite Shop‘ that’s scheduled for release later
A little late this week, but please let us present number 89 in our Jazz Meet mixtape series. This week, we dig in the archives to rediscover this beautiful jazz mix from long time friend of The Jazz Meet and Here And Now Recordings record boss, Mr John Cunningham AKA JC.