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
Jarred Rice delivers another 50 minute selection of top notch jazz featuring new music from The Greg Foat Group plus classic gears from Brigitte Fontaine, Art Lande and Rubisa Patrol, John Patton, The Brew Moore Quintet, Duke Pearson and Albert Ayler. Click to listen.
Who says Jazz is dead? Well if it is, the guys over at Label Love today might have just proven the naysayers wrong. After previously compiling 4 volumes of free new music from some of the world’s greatest labels, for the fifth they’ve concentrated their efforts on the jazz genre to unleash 15 nostalgic jazz classics, unreleased gems, and exclusive selections from the vaults. And what a collection it is. Featuring brand new music from the likes of Jazz Meet favourites The Greg Foat Group, Matthew Halsall, Nostalgia 77, Kit Downes Trio and Troyka, as well as other stellar contributions from Impossible Ark Records, Tru Thoughts, Katalyst Entertainment, Basho Records and Revive Music stables, the compilation truly does round-up some of the most exciting jazz doing the rounds at the moment. Highlights include the cosmic wonders of Matthew Halsall’s ‘Fletcher Moss Park’ (taken from the recently released album of the
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…
After a successful year at The Shoreditch cocktail bar, The Jazz Meet collective is proud to be embarking on a new weekly residency at the recently renovated Brazilian influenced restaurant and club Floripa in Old Street, London. Yes, starting March 18th, and twice a month thereafter, the Jazz Meet House Band (hosted by Jake Telford (OK-MA) on sax and Jessica Lauren (Freestyle Records) on keys and featuring a rotating cast of London’s brightest session musicians) will again be taking the stage to offer the centrepiece of the night’s live music segment and to supply their own unique brand of live soul jazz. This month we’ll also be joined by The Greg Foat Group (jazzman Records) and DJs Tony Hylton and Lander Lenaerts.