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Nathaniel Cross, Charge it to the Game, First Word ****

The first track to stream from trombonist Nathaniel Cross' debut solo EP The Description Is Not The Described is a sunny slice of positivity featuring fluent improvising and a strong theme. The brother of Sons of Kemet tuba player Theon Cross, …

Published: 17 Jun 2021. Updated: 36 days.

The first track to stream from trombonist Nathaniel Cross' debut solo EP The Description Is Not The Described is a sunny slice of positivity featuring fluent improvising and a strong theme.

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The brother of Sons of Kemet tuba player Theon Cross, Nathaniel, the most invigorating trombonist rising up to emerge on the UK jazz scene since Dennis Rollins first surfaced with Courtney Pine, and on fine form at the beginning of June in Camilla George's band at Camden's Jazz Cafe, studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is best known for his work with drummer Moses Boyd. There isn't a full personnel available that I've seen. I'll do an update in a later post when I learn these details. The track however also has a fine trumpet solo. Nathaniel's style in terms of timbral command, personality, and prodigious technique sits a little alongside the mighty Harry Brown's. Superb writing and playing throughout. Link to the track

Nathaniel Cross, top. Photo: Bandcamp

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Solo vision of JD Allen hoves beatifically into view with the moving introspection of 'Nyla's Sky' as initial taster

A tenor saxophonist playing entirely alone over a record isn't something you always come across. Although come to think of it the fact that there are not more is slightly odd. There are certainly a lot of solo or duo albums out, in all shapes, …

Published: 16 Jun 2021. Updated: 37 days.

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A tenor saxophonist playing entirely alone over a record isn't something you always come across. Although come to think of it the fact that there are not more is slightly odd. There are certainly a lot of solo or duo albums out, in all shapes, sizes and instrumentation and have been increasingly during Lockdownia. Maybe JD Allen will set a trend or is representative of a whole flood of intimate explorations to course through in the coming release cycle. Whatever, 'Nyla's Sky' from Queen City is by itself quite beautiful and moving as an introduction to what's coming up. 'Three Little Words', 'Wildwood Flower', 'Maude', 'O.T.R.', 'Retrograde', 'Gem and Eye', 'Mother', title track 'Queen City', 'Vernetta', 'Kristian with a K', 'Nyla's Sky', 'Just A Gigolo' and 'These Foolish Things' are what's on the High Note/Savant record out on 9 July.

JD Allen. Photo: Facebook