Severn Songs 3 feat Yazz Ahmed

by Ishmael Ensemble

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    As heard on BBC 6Music's Headphone Moment, Worldwide FM & Jazz FM

    A - The River
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    Limited 7" featuring celebrated jazz trumpeter Yazz Ahmed
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    A - The River
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Hot-on-the-heels of their performance on BBC 6 Music, for Gilles Peterson's ‘UK Jazz Special’, at the hallowed Maida Vale studios (alongside Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones and Fatima), Ishmael Ensemble bring their Bristol-inspired ‘Severn Songs’ project to a triumphant finale.

‘Severn Songs 3’ pays homage the mighty river itself, in both title and mood. Field recordings from the banks of another iconic river - the Ganges - made by keyboardist and co-writer Jake Spurgeon meander in and out of focus, whilst celestial percussion ushers in the full-bodied tone of celebrated jazz trumpeter Yazz Ahmed's horn. The track climaxes in true Ishmaelian fashion with a whirlwind of pulsating synthesizers, crashing drums and hypnotic brass flurries, before easing back into the dulcet rhythm of oars lapping through water.

On the flip, a reprise takes the listener on a much gentler ride. However, the tension and dynamics of this twin version are still very much apparent. Throughout the release, an array of new instruments open up in Cunningham's armoury; most notably bass clarinet, alto-flute and the sarod – leaving the listener just a few strings shy of a full orchestral experience.

As a whole, the ‘Severn Songs’ project has seen Cunningham develop an already diverse palette into something more focused. Tiptoeing between the current British jazz boom and Bristol's rich musical ancestry, the group have found a truly unique and refreshing voice.

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released February 15, 2019

Pete Cunningham: Saxophone, Synths, Keys
Jake Spurgeon: Modular Synth, Keys, Sarod
Yazz Ahmed: Flugelhorn
Ross Hughes: Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Rory O'Gorman: Drums
Stephen Mullins: Guitar
Jackson Lapes: Percussion

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Ishmael Ensemble Bristol, UK

Bristol based collective led by saxophonist & producer Pete Cunningham.

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