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Nubya Garcia and Floating Points: nominated for the Mercury

Ah the annual parlour game that is the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year nominations. Jazz acts to make the list this year are Nubya Garcia for Source and Floating Points for Promises. The awards show is on 9 September at Eventim Apollo. …

Published: 22 Jul 2021. Updated: 42 hours.

Ah the annual parlour game that is the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year nominations. Jazz acts to make the list this year are Nubya Garcia for Source and Floating Points for Promises.
The awards show is on 9 September at Eventim Apollo. Last year's jazz act to make the list was Moses Boyd. The shortlist of 12 ‘Albums of the Year’ is chosen by an independent judging panel, including jazz celebrity Jamie Cullum. Albums by UK and Irish artists with a UK release date between 18 July 2020 and 16 July 2021 are eligible for the 2021 Prize.

Full list:

Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

BERWYN – DEMOTAPE/VEGA

Black Country, New Road – For the First Time

Celeste – Not Your Muse

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises

Ghetts – Conflict Of Interest

Hannah Peel – Fir Wave

Laura Mvula – Pink Noise

Mogwai – As the Love Continues

Nubya Garcia – SOURCE

SAULT – Untitled (Rise)

Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

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Tags: jazz

The next record from The Cookers will be on Gearbox this autumn

'Somalia' from Look Out! new from hard bop supergroup The Cookers, drawn from the release, this time on London label Gearbox, is streaming. The David Weiss-produced affair has Weiss on trumpet with Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Eddie Henderson …

Published: 22 Jul 2021. Updated: 45 hours.

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'Somalia' from Look Out! new from hard bop supergroup The Cookers, drawn from the release, this time on London label Gearbox, is streaming. The David Weiss-produced affair has Weiss on trumpet with Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Eddie Henderson (who made jazz history with Herbie Hancock on Mwandishi, Crossings and Sextant) trumpet, Donald Harrison alto sax, George Cables on piano, Forest Flower legend Cecil McBee, on double bass, and Henderson's fellow Mwandishi bandmate and new NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart on drums completing the septet.

'Somalia' is the title track of Harper's Evidence label album dating back to a mid-1990s release on which Henderson also appears. This new version has a different arrangement and is half the duration of the 90s version.

Look Out! was recorded at the Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the most revered jazz recording studio in the world, the tunes are originals by McBee, Harper and Cables. Darrel Sheinman's Gearbox has long since proved itself since its early Little Giant period to have the best recorded sound quality of any current indie-jazz label partly thanks to their taste and peerless mastering engineering. The Cookers take their name from Freddie Hubbard's 1965 Blue Note album The Night of the Cookers and earlier albums have appeared on the Plus Loin, Jazz Legacy, Motéma and Smoke Sessions labels. Look Out! release date is 24 September. The Cookers, top, photo: Gearbox