Monday, October 14, 2013

NEW ON BABEL (2) Tower Casa

Due for release on Babel 18 November is TOWER CASA by the trumpeter Nick Smart with his band TROGON. Not only is Smart a renown trumpeter who has played with most of the big names in the UK jazz scene, he is also the Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music. His dedication and talent as an educator was recognized when he received the Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education 2013. For the Tower Casa project Smart brought together an impressive bunch of musicians from the World-Jazz scenes. They include Denny "Jimmy" Martinez, Chris Montague, Kishon Khan, Dave Hamblett and Pete Eckford. The album is rooted in jazz, yet constructed from a mix of musical backgrounds - drawing on the rhythmic traditions of Afro Cuban music and the rich harmonies of contemporary jazz. There are some original compositions by Nick Smart and Kishon Khan and new arrangements of pieces by Kenny Wheeler and Stan Sulzmann. In case you're wondering 'Trogon' is the national bird of Cuba: presumable because of its colours - red white and blue. 

Meet the boys:
‘Troyka’ guitarist Chris Montague,
Cuban bassist Denny ‘Jimmy’ Martinez, Nick Smart, London-Bangladeshi pianist Kishon Khan, cutting edge drummer/composer Dave Hamblett,and long established London percussionist Pete Eckford.

Hope you enjoy the music...

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