Icon of Brazilian music Hermeto Pascoal to collaborate with NYJO

Stimulating that NYJO (the National Youth Jazz Orchestra) have completely changed their artistic profile since the fairly stuffy days of Bill Ashton who nonetheless got the whole thing going in the first place! The key seems to be eclecticism, so …

Published: 22 Nov 2021. Updated: 11 days.

Stimulating that NYJO (the National Youth Jazz Orchestra) have completely changed their artistic profile since the fairly stuffy days of Bill Ashton who nonetheless got the whole thing going in the first place! The key seems to be eclecticism, so on the one hand there is the pop appeal of Amy Winehouse whose songs NYJO are touring at the moment, the hugely contrasting avant side as exemplified by concerts at Cafe Oto recently playing the music of John Zorn. And look for next year they will be collaborating with the great Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal with a date listed for May at London's Barbican. Pascoal has deeply influenced leading UK musicians such as the great Welsh pianist Huw Warren and leading educator guitarist-violinist Stuart Hall to name but a few. This new exposure passes the baton to generations still further on.

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Butcher Brown and Carrtoons, 'Frontline' (Carrtoons remix) Concord ***

Once again a remix switches the action from the main gig room if you like to the lounge bar. So in other words you could happily hear Carrtoons' remix of Butcher Brown's 'Frontline' in the background in an ultra-relaxed lounge. 'Frontline' was …

Published: 22 Nov 2021. Updated: 11 days.

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Once again a remix switches the action from the main gig room if you like to the lounge bar. So in other words you could happily hear Carrtoons' remix of Butcher Brown's 'Frontline' in the background in an ultra-relaxed lounge. 'Frontline' was originally on #KingButch that the US band released last year. I didn't enjoy the part-Butcher Brown SuperBlue collaboration with Kurt Elling more recently so very much. And while remixes aren't something I usually think much about given that they are built for passive not active listening this actually works much better than the Elling particularly if you are a Butcher Brown fan. Carrtoons operates in hip-hop and soul and it's a meeting of minds in drawing this all together elongating the groove's staying power and making it that bit more anthemic. SG