Track of the day: Emma-Jean Thackray, Spectre, Movementt ****

Vocals and positivity are a characteristic so far on the tracks from Yellow, and yet the lyric points to the spectre of the track title as being the dread hound of depression, the veritable ''black dog'' that Emma-Jean Thackray sings of. It's …

Published: 3 Jul 2021. Updated: 4 months.

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Vocals and positivity are a characteristic so far on the tracks from Yellow, and yet the lyric points to the spectre of the track title as being the dread hound of depression, the veritable ''black dog'' that Emma-Jean Thackray sings of. It's proving clear-as-day however that Thackray's all-round musicianship crossing from instruments to vocals are more to the fore even more obviously than ever. 'Spectre' opens into a very full keyboards line for improvisation but the interest is the shape of the whole piece in the arrangement in other words as well as the message carefully couched. And there is plenty of drama, heat and development. The Yorkshire-born musician who initially surfaced as a trumpeter is transformed on this album. Pithy and direct in its lyrics 'Spectre' ups the ante still further. Need to know and hear? Absolutely. SG

Emma-Jean Thackray, photo: Movementt/Bandcamp

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Marquis Hill signs to Edition

Trumpeter Marquis Hill has signed to the English indie-jazz label Edition who have posted details of the addition to their roster on their website noting that they will next year issue a live album New Gospel Revisited from the Chicagoan that …

Published: 3 Jul 2021. Updated: 4 months.

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Trumpeter Marquis Hill has signed to the English indie-jazz label Edition who have posted details of the addition to their roster on their website noting that they will next year issue a live album New Gospel Revisited from the Chicagoan that draws on his 2012 album New Gospel. Hill's albums include 2013's The Poet and the excellent ''astrofuturist'' Soul Sign albums moving more up to date. He has appeared at Ronnie Scott's in recent years leading his band the Blacktet. Hill won the world's most prestigious jazz prize then called the Monk in 2014. Marquis Hill, top. Photo: via ArcArtists