This Birmingham-based four-piece is led by pianist David Austin Grey, with Sam Wooster on trumpet, Nick Jurd on bass and James Bashford on drums.
Grey is inspired by photography, with titles like Slow Shutter Speed Song – a dreamy trip-hopped acoustic piece with gracefully developing groove – Why So Negative? – Grey on Roland keyboard, giving an edgier feel, and Wooster luscious on trumpet – and Nick-on – a spacious double bass meditation from Jurd.
There are special appearances by MC iLLspoKinN on the short opener Picture It All, and by saxophonist Soweto Kinch on a few tracks, my favourite of which is the lightly tripping Little Did He Know.
What is most impressive, apart from the sophisticated writing, is the clear and personal sound and style Grey has developed, together with the highly sympathetic playing of these young musicians, some of whom are barely out of Birmingham Conservatoire.
The band is playing at the Hare & Hounds this evening, in support of Shabaka Hutchings’ Sons of Kemet. The music starts at 8.30pm, tickets are £5 and are available on the door. The Hare & Hounds is in the High Street in Kings Heath. More information at www.jazzlines.co.uk
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