Stepping Back, Jumping In

  • Code: EDN1131
  • Manufacturer: Edition Records (UK)
  • Price: 55.99 zł
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Modern Jazz / Indie Jazz
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kontynent: Europa
kraj: Anglia
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
Nazwisko i osobę Laury Jurd słuchacze kojarzą przede wszystkim z prowadzonym przez nią zespołem Dinosaur, którego dwie ostatnie płyty zostały wysoko ocenione, zdobywając między innymi nominacje do prestiżowej Mercury Prize. „Stepping Back, Jumping In” jest owocem zamówienia ze strony londyńskiego centrum kulturalnego Kings Place.

Laura Jurd jako kurator i osoba firmująca nazwiskiem cały projekt, zaprosiła do współpracy grono artystów związanych z jazzem, muzyką improwizowaną oraz klasyką, tworząc 14-osobowy, międzynarodowy zespół. Oryginalny skład tworzą między innymi sekcja dęta (trąbka, puzon i eufonium) na czele z liderką, smyczkowy The Ligeti Quartet, muzycy związani z Edition Records jak Rob Luft (gitary i banjo) oraz Elliot Galvin (fortepian), Soosan Lolavar grająca na santurze oraz Anja Lauvdal –członkini alt-popowej grupy Broen jedyna w tym gronie posiłkująca się elektroniką.

Sześć utworów – trzy napisała Jurd, pozostałe pochodzą od innych uczestników projektu – trudno jest przyporządkować jednoznacznie. Muzyka współczesna jest chyba najlepszą etykietką dla „Stepping Back, Jumping In”. Bywa jazzowo – jak w „Companion Species”, odzywają się echa współczesnej kameralistyki („Jump Cut Shuffle”) i nowoczesnej improwizacji („Ishtar”). Cały album oferuje godzinę nieustannych zaskoczeń, fantazyjnych pomysłów i stylistycznych przeskoków. Dynamicznej, niezwykle żywej, intrygującej muzyki.

Editor's info:
Stepping Back, Jumping In is the new album from the British trumpeter, composer and creative force, Laura Jurd. Since bursting onto the British scene almost seven years ago, she’s racked up a vast collection of praise, reverence and awards for her adventurous and colourful style, dynamic and eclectic compositional voice and continuous desire to challenge and surprise audiences with each new project.

Stepping Back, Jumping In is the next step in her journey, placing her at the centre as a performer, composer, bandleader and curator. The title simply refers to the notion of perspective, as Laura explains: “Having a broader view of one’s experience in order to make bold, impactful choices and jump into the unknown. It felt apt for a project of this magnitude having not released something under my own name for a few years”.

The project was commissioned by Kings Place, London as part of their ‘Venus Unwrapped’ series which created the opportunity to bring together some of Laura’s favourite musicians from various musical backgrounds, ending up as a 14-piece ensemble featuring musicians and composers from the UK and Norway, all of whom are equally at home in the realms of improvised and contemporary classical music. This group became a vehicle for five composers, including Laura, to write some extensive new works.

Over the last three years, Laura Jurd’s primary focus as a composer and performer had mainly been on her band Dinosaur, with two acclaimed album releases: Together As One nominated for the Mercury Prize, and Wonder Trail which generated significant international acclaim and profile. Whilst Dinosaur remains active, Laura Jurd the composer craved a larger palette of sounds to work with. “The ensemble consists of brass, string quartet (the Ligeti Quartet who featured on my debut album ‘Landing Ground’), banjo/acoustic guitar and santoor – adding texture and welcome influences from other musical traditions – as well as piano, double bass and drums/percussion. The wildcard of this entirely acoustic ensemble is Anja Lauvdal who plays synth/electronics and works with the successful alt-pop group Broen. I’m a huge fan of Anja’s and knew that she would create sounds that sit within the ensemble perfectly”.

The other composers contributing to this album are Elliot Galvin, Soosan Lolavar and a co-composed piece by Norwegian musicians Anja Lauvdal & Heida K. Jóhannesdóttir. As Laura continues “Elliot’s music is as striking as his piano improvisations. The strong influence of post-war composers like Ligeti and George Crumb, combined with his practice as a jazz musician make his music extremely exciting. He is of course, one of my longest musical collaborators and I firmly believe one of the most captivating performers in European jazz. Soosan, I met at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, where we both teach composition. Of Iranian heritage, I was really intrigued by her interest in traditional Iranian music and how she incorporates that in her own writing. She operates in more ‘classical’ circles and I was excited by the prospect of her writing for improvising musicians. She also plays the Santoor, an Iranian hammered dulcimer-like instrument which is part of the ensemble. Keyboardist Anja Lauvdal and Tuba player Heida Karine Jóhannesdóttir are two of my favourite musicians from Oslo in Norway. They play regularly as an improvised duo and in a number of collaborative ensembles of various styles including alt-pop group ‘Broen’ (Bella Union). I love their collaborative, democratic approach to composition. The way they occupy space as improvisers is also a huge inspiration to me and it was a delight to be a part of their music and to play with Anja for the first time.

With such a variety of influences and approaches, Stepping Back, Jumping In is a truly eclectic album. With the same 14 incredible musicians bringing each piece to life, the album is miraculously brought together in one continuous journey of new music. It was a goal from the outset for Laura to create an ecosystem full of sonic contrast, multiple layers and dimensions and rigorous composition alongside improvisatory spaces. The resulting album is dynamic, vibrant music that welcomes multiple listens, showcasing some of the most exciting composer-instrumentalists around today.

Laura Jurd - trumpet
Raphael Clarkson - trombone (tracks 3, 5 & 6)
Alex Paxton - trombone (tracks 1 & 2)
Martin Lee Thomson - euphonium

Soosan Lolavar - santoor
Rob Luft - banjo / guitars

The Ligeti Quartet:
Mandhira de Saram - violin
Patrick Dawkins - violin
Richard Jones - viola
Cecilia Bignall - cello (guest cellist)

Elliot Galvin - piano
Anja Lauvdal - synth / electronics
Conor Chaplin - double bass
Liz Exell - drum kit
Corrie Dick - drum kit

1 Jumping In 10:48 (Laura Jurd)
2 Ishtar 12:10 (Elliot Galvin)
3 I Am The Spring, You Are The Earth 08:45 (Soosan Lolavar)
4 Jump Cut Shuffle 09:27 (Laura Jurd)
5 Companion Species 08:43 (Anja Lauvdal, Heida K.Johannesdottir)
6 Stepping Back 08:06 (Laura Jurd)

wydano: 2019-09-13
nagrano: Recorded by Sonny Johns at The Sage Gateshead, 4th & 5th March 2019

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