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Joe Armon-Jones is the keyboardist from Ezra Collective, one of the leading emerging London bands. The album encapsulates influences from Jazz, the Caribbean , Africa and more to create a very cosmopolitan sound. ‘Starting Today’ is a powerful up tempo tune ft the vocals of Asheber (who has been influenced by Dwight Trible and Leon Thomas). Nubya Garcia takes a great solo on Tenor sax, Moyes Boyd drumming is outstanding whilst Jones Wurlitzer keyboard has very spacey effects. ‘Almost Went too far’ is a lovely floating mid tempo semi vocal track reminiscent of Thundercat. ‘Mollison Dub’ is a chilled out Jazzy Reggae groove with Afro influenced horns and Jones spacey keys layered above a creative solid dub beat. ’London Face’ ft Oscar Jerome on Guitar and vocals is an Afro beat infused jazzy number, and ‘Ragify’ a haunting jazzy instrumental groove that floats along for 7 1/2 mins before a spoken word rap at the end. Strong album that will further enhance the reputation of home grown Jazz.
01 Starting Today ft. Ras Asheber by Joe Armon-Jones
02 Almost Went Too Far by Joe Armon-Jones
03 Mollison Dub by Joe Armon-Jones
04 London’s Face ft. Oscar Jerome by Joe Armon-Jones
05 Ragify ft. Big Sharer by Joe Armon-Jones
06 Outro (Fornow) by Joe Armon-Jones