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Malija | The Day I Had Everything

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“Malija delivers the expected deliciously abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality.” MOJO (UK) ****

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3. Unknown (Høiby) 4.22
4. The Pianist (Lockheart) 4.47
5. Wheels (Noble) 5.48
6. Malija (Høiby) 5.40
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8. Blues (Noble) 3.33
9. One For Us (Lockheart) 4.09
10. Wayne’s World (Høiby) 6.57
11. With One Voice (Mark Lockheart) 4.13


MARK LOCKHEART saxophones, bass clarinet
JASPER HØIBY double bass

Reviews for ‘The Day I Had Everything’:

“The pleasure of this trio in their close relationship is infectiously evident all over the set.” THE GUARDIAN (UK)

“All-star trio delivers meticulously crafted performances of new material…a cliché-free collection and a work of trenchant individuality…The outstanding recorded sound serves to complement the meticulously crafted performances.” THE ARTS DESK (UK)

“The London-based equal partners trio Malija deliver lyrical chamber jazz with a strong pulse and fine-tuned sense of mood”. THE FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

“Malija delivers the expected deliciously abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality.” MOJO (UK)

“The Day I Had Everything is another jewel in the increasingly valuable crown of Edition Records.” THE YORK POST (UK)

“The album has a very personal feel to it contributed to by Lockheart’s gorgeously easy sax tone and the natural sympatico of the group…they are all on top form here…fantastic players, great compositions and a really good group ethos…a great album…” RADIO CARDIFF (UK)

“The title track is no less than a ray of sunshine on a wet, cloudy day and makes for ideal winter listening to recharge the soul. In general, the music is optimistic and encompassing in nature and a bright future seems assured for this trio.” UK VIBE (UK)

“Folky, melodically strong chamber music…folky, melodically strong chamber music, with flavours ranging from bluegrass to tango to contemporary classical, that veers from the carefully written to the liberally improvised.” THE IRISH TIMES (IRE)

About ‘The Day I Had Everything’:

If New Orleans was the first city of jazz; New York, the city that never sleeps: the home of bebop; Paris the city of 50s cool, then, arguably, that dynamic, cosmopolitan, constantly self-reinventing megacity London is the jazz burg of the 21st century.

To a visitor, London is overwhelming – a monster that consumes all in its path, grimey, overcrowded and intense. But it’s been said that London is a collection of villages and to the resident, subtle differences emerge between boroughs, within districts, even along streets. The yearly cycle brings its own complexity. The constant movement of people, wealth and cultures within the smoke create new patterns that are ever changing but are hugely influential on Londoners in obscure and cryptic ways.

The interlinking, interconnectedness of this jazz trio mimics the narrative of the great city. Individual musicians with their own geography, architecture and psychology, their connections with each other pulse in the same dynamic and energetic way that the city’s blood vessels continually pump. The rhythm of the city is a subtle undercurrent in the rhythmic interplay of Malija. The city has got under their skin and become part of what they play.

As Mark Lockheart explains: ‘The Day I Had Everything is about many musical things, often styles and influences that have come from our many diverse musical experiences working and devloping in London’s vibrant jazz scene. The melting pot of London’s multi-faceted music scene is reflected in the compositions ,to me this is London jazz music , distinct and different from the American sound”.

“The London music scene of the 1980’s and 90’s had a big impact. I was gigging with Reggae and African bands as well recording with some of the many London indie groups around at that time- all these things influenced my music making.”

Their first collaboration was back in 2009, when the three musicians recorded and toured with Mark Lockheart’s acclaimed album ‘In Deep’, a record that not only bought these three musicians together as part of a quintet but initiated a long term collaboration between Edition and Jasper Høiby’s Phronesis. Since then, each of them has developed so great a mutual respect and friendship that to form a trio seemed the most logical and natural next step.

‘The Day I Had Everything’ magnifies what is beautiful about great jazz. The subleties and sophisticated group interaction offers countless rewards. The original material by all three members has many diverse influences including bluegrass, tango , a 1930’s jungle feel and even references to English classical music. Jasper describes the music as “simple, weird, complicated, free, tight, beautiful, ugly and heartfelt depending on your mood”.

’The Day I Had Everything’ is a reference to the sheer excitement one has as a child getting up in the morning and not being able to decide what to do first – everything seems so shiny and new . The coming together of Malija was like this – the three of us bringing in our compositions and developing them into something tangible , then the sheer fun of exploring the music in the recording studio”


Recorded at Fieldgate Studios, Cardiff, 19/20 May 2015
Recorded and mixed by Alex Kilpartrick
Mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio
Artwork by Darren Rumney
String arrangements by Mark Lockheart
Strings on track 2 and 11 by Ligeti Quartet: Mandhira de Saram, Patrick Dawkins – violins, Richard Jones – viola, Val Welbanks – cello
Ligeti Quartet recorded at Trinity/Laban Studio, London by Andrew McDonnell


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