The Saturday Morning Listen: Sofia Grant, 'Ochre,' Jazz Re:Freshed ***1/2

Saturday morning listen Fresh and invigorating 'Ochre' an original song is drawn from Extinction out in late-September on the Jazz Re:Freshed label, new from singer-songwriter Sofia Grant whose powerful, flexible voice draws to mind Laufey a little …

Published: 22 Jul 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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Fresh and invigorating 'Ochre' an original song is drawn from Extinction out in late-September on the Jazz Re:Freshed label, new from singer-songwriter Sofia Grant whose powerful, flexible voice draws to mind Laufey a little but more soulful, the song opening up into more of a community sound studded with syncopated clapping and a back and forth between lead and backing vocals. Grant, a Cambridge University educated Londoner who has English and Swedish roots is among the Jazz Re:Fest stellar new generation line-up also featuring Steam Down and Theon Cross next week at London's Roundhouse.

Personnel on the track include drummer Lya Reis Guerrero, percussionist Ernesto Marichales and bass guitarist Alley Lloyd. Extinction tracks include Grant originals and a version of Rare Silk's tremendous close harmony ManTran-esque rarity that put words to the melody of Stanley Turrentine's 'Storm,' a piece that goes back to the saxophonist's 1970s CTI album, Salt Song. Click through for 29 July Roundhouse tickets

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Ezra Collective, Domi & JD Beck and Carmen Lundy are in the mix at Dorset outdoors festival We Out Here in August

Gilles Peterson's We Out Here festival next month in Dorset features several artists appearing who have become prominent in recent years as part of the ''UK jazz explosion'' also championed by Peterson on his BBC 6 Music show and his own …

Published: 22 Jul 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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Gilles Peterson's We Out Here festival next month in Dorset features several artists appearing who have become prominent in recent years as part of the ''UK jazz explosion'' also championed by Peterson on his BBC 6 Music show and his own Brownswood label. Taking place outdoors deep in the Wimborne St Giles countryside shifting from a previous home in Cambridgeshire, Ezra Collective, Makaya McCraven, Sun Ra Arkestra, Alabaster DePlume ahead of the release of Come With Fierce Grace (check a track from which, above), Kassa Overall, Domi and JD Beck, Cymande, Carmen Lundy and Róisín Murphy are among the very large bill that also sports a large retinue of DJs including Gilles, Mr Scruff, Roni Size, Patrick Forge and Grooverider. Ezra Collective, above. Held from 10-14 August. Click through to the festival website