RALPH WYLD (MOSAIC)
Cat No: EDN1077 | Released: November 2016
A musician of real depth and creativity, Ralph Wyld has been described by Jazzwise Magazine as ‘one to look out for’ and has been praised by the FT for this ‘rhythmic accuracy and panache’. Produced by fellow vibraphonist Jim Hart, Subterranea not only marks Ralph’s arrival onto the UK scene but also anticipates what will inevitably be the start of a glowing career as a vibraphonist and composer.
“…a bold and creative statement, combining playful invention, full-blooded improvisation and ethereal beauty…this outstanding debut.” MOJO (UK)
“The jazz-world is not over-endowed with vibraphonist-led groups so this album, rich in strong and irresistible compositions makes a decidedly refreshing change.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)
RALPH WYLD vibraphone
JAMES COPUS trumpet & flugelhorn
SAM RAPLEY clarinet & bass clarinet
CECILIA BIGNALL cello
MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO double bass
SCOTT CHAPMAN drums & percussion
Album: New Ansonia
Cat No: EDN1062 | Released: October 2015
Son of the late, great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, British-born Mullov-Abbado grew up in a powerfully musical environment, a unique upbringing that has inspired Misha to create his own musical identity and tell his own compelling story. This, his debut album, demonstrates gifts that are uniquely his own and is full of unusual colours, leaps of imagination and a strong sense of character. New Ansonia clearly defines the path Misha intends to follow both as a composer and performer of exceptional ability.
“Misha album is extremely good – we were all impressed with that – great sounding, well produced, played and composed album that…” JAZZWISE (UK)
“The talent gathered on this album is astonishing…an amazing variety of mood, very artfully arranged…For now, best to simply enjoy this unfailing inventive, artfully produced, and delightfully sunny debut.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)
MISHA MULLOV-ABBADO double bass
MATTHEW HERD alto saxophone
TOM GREEN trombone
JACOB COLLIER piano
SCOTT CHAPMAN drums
LAUREN KINSELLA (BLUE-EYED HAWK)
Album: Under the Moon
Cat No: EDN1054 | Released: Sept 2014
Blue-Eyed Hawk is the London-based band that brings together vocalist Lauren Kinsella, trumpeter Laura Jurd, guitarist Alex Roth and drummer Corrie Dick. Their debut album, Under the Moon, is the sum of a collaborative process that bursts with the youthful energy, vision and integrity of all four members. The resulting music is emotive, lyrical, dark, inspiring and at times unexpected, often conjuring the dreamlike, nature-themed imagery of Yeats’s eponymous poem.
Bringing a wide open improv sensibility to its melodic and richly textured original material, Blue-Eyed Hawk creates uniquely eclectic music that traverses art-rock, jazz, minimalist and electronic soundworlds. With the writing shared between all four members of the band, Under the Moon is very much a communally crafted statement of expression. Lyrics by E.Y Harburg, W.B Yeats, Armand Silvestre and Seamus Heaney serve as sources of inspiration, but there are no typical jazz renditions; nor can this be considered an art-rock album – instead, we hear a refreshing, genre-defying and boundless approach to music-making at its most creative and original.
Album: Between Shadows
Cat No: EDN1042 | Released: July 2013
‘Between Shadows’ is the debut album by award-winning trumpeter and composer Reuben Fowler. This is an album of huge ambition, delivered impeccably by an artist with a vision to match. Here is a young musician with plenty to say as a player and a composer. He’s technically strong, equipped with a beautiful, round trumpet tone. As a composer he’s highly developed in orchestration with a vast understanding of harmony and instrumentation. However, what‘s most impressive is his boldness and maturity in bringing together an ensemble of world-class musicians to create an album of huge breadth and poise. Featuring some of the most renowned and revered musicians in British jazz – including Stan Sulzmann, Jim Hart and Guy Barker (who conducts) – as well as US trumpet star Tom Harrell, Fowler’s ensemble echoes the brilliance and invention evident in some of the great British big band leaders.
‘Between Shadows shows an enticingly subtle palette, indebted to Gil Evans but no pale copy of him’. TELEGRAPH
‘Rich and varied, classy and poised, its beguiling mix of power and delicacy firmly rooted in the big-band tradition running from Gil Evans through the likes of Mike Gibbs and Maria Schneider, Between Shadows is that rare bird, a genuinely mature and polished debut’. LONDON JAZZ
Cat No: EDN1030 | Released: July 2012
‘Beginnings’ is a timeless album. It’s immediately modern and wonderfully assured and yet the entire tradition of jazz’s first instrument seems to flow through it. Arcoleo has a highly personal tone on his horn and there’s an individuality about his sound that is bold and commanding. Some musicians take years to learn these lessons and others never do. Josh Arcoleo, with already plenty of road miles under his belt, definitely has gravitas, that rarest of qualities, and he has it in spades.
‘…imposing newcomer’. GUARDIAN ****
‘A remarkably mature debut’. LONDON EVENING STANDARD
‘A precociously mature player who already possesses an individual and compelling voice’. ALL ABOUT JAZZ