Afro-Cuban flavour to Ezra Collective's 'Victory Dance' released - as the London band sign to Partisan

Track of the day Playing Love Supreme on 1 July and South Facing opening for Kamasi Washington on 13 August 'Victory Dance' marks the new signing of Ezra Collective to the Fontaines DC and Beth Orton-rostered label Partisan Records. This new …

Published: 9 Jun 2022. Updated: 26 days.

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Playing Love Supreme on 1 July and South Facing opening for Kamasi Washington on 13 August 'Victory Dance' marks the new signing of Ezra Collective to the Fontaines DC and Beth Orton-rostered label Partisan Records.

This new development announced just this week begins a new higher profile commercial record industry phase in the London band's career, an AfroCuban exuberant trumpet-dotted flavour to the track, pianist Joe Armon-Jones underpinning the horn line in the manner of Chucho Valdés and breaking out to solo before the horns in unison come back, marking the first output for the label.

Partisan's managing director Zena White quoted by Complete Music Update, says: “Having been fans of their world class musicianship for years, we are so happy to bring their music and message to our daily work and can’t wait to support them in the next years of their flourishing career.''

The London band borne out of Tomorrow's Warriors are led by drummer Femi Koleoso with TJ Koleoso on bass, Joe Armon-Jones on keys, Ife Ogunjobi on trumpet and James Mollison on tenor saxophone.

Influenced by grime, jazz and more they interpreted Wayne Shorter Adam's Apple classic 'Footprints' on 2020's best-selling various artists compilation album, Blue Note Re:imagined.

Ezra Collective above, top left-to-right: Ife Ogunjobi, James Mollison, TJ Koleoso, Joe Armon-Jones, Femi Koleoso

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Friday and Saturday night recommended gigs - 10-11 June

Friday 10 June Ben Sidran Swing State, Ronnie Scott's, London Ivo Neame, Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast The Mark Nightingale and Alan Barnes Quintet, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Allan McKeown Quartet, The Blue Arrow, Glasgow Str4ta, Jazz Cafe, …

Published: 9 Jun 2022. Updated: 26 days.

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Friday 10 June

Ben Sidran Swing State, Ronnie Scott's, London

Ivo Neame, Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast

The Mark Nightingale and Alan Barnes Quintet, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

Allan McKeown Quartet, The Blue Arrow, Glasgow

Str4ta, Jazz Cafe, London

Soul Summit feat. Polly Gibbons, Boisdale, Belgravia, London

Saturday 11 June

Brandon Allen Sextet, 606, London

March this year saw the release of a powerhouse Stanley Turrentine tribute album from fine saxophonist Brandon Allen who has paid tribute to Gene Ammons in the past now turning his attention to the soulful, hardblowing Turrentine on this latest release of his issued by the Ubuntu label. With the Aussie ace at the 6 are trombonist Mark Nightingale, saxist Sam Mayne, pianist Will Barry, bassist Dave Whitford and drummer Ian Thomas.

Jamie Safir Piano Talk, Crazy Coqs, London

Louise Clare Marshall, The Pheasantry, London

John Etheridge's Blue Spirits, Vortex, London

Soul Summit feat. Polly Gibbons, Boisdale, Belgravia, London

Mario Bakuna Band, Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham

John Etheridge, top

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