Heads up on EYOT: big record coming this autumn

A tricky time to release records with no prospect of touring. Will the autumn be any better? Let's hope so. Looking ahead to a record coming out this autumn, the release date is 23 October, make a note to check out 557799 from the prog-jazz outfit …

Published: 22 Jul 2020. Updated: 2 months.

A tricky time to release records with no prospect of touring. Will the autumn be any better? Let's hope so. Looking ahead to a record coming out this autumn, the release date is 23 October, make a note to check out 557799 from the prog-jazz outfit Eyot, a band who have been around a while and have a firm reputation behind them already. Innate from a couple of years back for instance was excellent. They will probably get more exposure this time around given that the new record is on Ropeadope, a leading American jazz indie. From Serbia they have a big brooding sound courtesy of Dejan Ilijic on piano and moog who has written all the tunes in collaboration with the band, and even more to the point the majestic Marko Stojiljkovic on bass guitar with Sladjan Milenovic on guitar, Milos Vojvodic on drums and two guests on the new record from the band Get the Blessing, Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on sax appearing on one of the seven tracks. Jim Barr from the Bristol band also recorded the LP. The tunes, some of them containing a flavour of folk and a neat way with metre, have a real swagger to them and almost a baroque sense of dark sadness that hooks you in. They don't use any obvious jazz style to achieve their effects but the band certainly has appeal to jazz fans, probably more on the jazz-rock side. There is a real power to these guys as well. I haven't anything to share at the moment (will update when I can) but going on what I've heard their reputation when this is released will deepen that bit more and this record is certainly from a must-hear outfit who have an original and fresh approach that once heard lingers long.

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Annie Ross has died

Vocalese pioneer Annie Ross has died in New York at the age of 89. The singer and actress had been suffering from emphysema and heart disease. A later influence on Manhattan Transfer, Kurt Elling and Al Jarreau, Ross in the 1950s following a request …

Published: 22 Jul 2020. Updated: 2 months.

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Vocalese pioneer Annie Ross has died in New York at the age of 89. The singer and actress had been suffering from emphysema and heart disease. A later influence on Manhattan Transfer, Kurt Elling and Al Jarreau, Ross in the 1950s following a request from Prestige Records wrote lyrics in a “vocalese” style that matched the improvised lines of an instrumental jazz solo and this departure made her name as a jazz singer and performer. She collaborated with singers Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks, who were working on an album of music associated with big-band leader Count Basie. Her groundbreaking work was recognised when she was awarded the highest award in American jazz in 2010 in becoming an NEA Jazz Master.