Matt Owens is to debut with The Aviators’ Ball in May, much of the beautifully arranged material on the All Made Up Records folk and jazz-inspired release taken from the Manchester scene bassist-composer’s suite ‘Ten’, commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival and written for jazz quartet combined with wind quintet and percussion.

Aviators also includes a spine-tingling version, sung by Ríoghnach Connolly, of the Appalachian folk song ‘Black is the Colour (of My True Love’s Hair)’ covered famously by Nina Simone and Joan Baez in the 1960s, Cara Dillon and Christy Moore more recently. In the setting of the song backing the singer Owens is joined by Neil Yates on trumpet (who added tin whistle on tantalising opener ‘Raindrops On Our Rooftop’), pianist/organist John Ellis and drummer Rick Weedon plus woodwinds and French horn.

And you can listen to the gorgeous title track, the second of the nine tracks of The Aviators’ Ball, above