10 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up an eponymous 2016 EP, the London jazz collective Nérija is focused and energetic on Blume, their full-length debut. The sound is horn-intensive, as two saxophonists (altoist Cassie Kinoshi, tenorist Nubya Garcia) and two brass players (trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Rosie Turton) create a lush melodic fabric with compelling solos at every turn. Guitarist Shirley Tetteh of Jake Long’s group Maisha brings a bright tone and unique articulation to the music, cementing her status as one of the London scene’s most vibrant accompanists and improvisers (“Riverfest” and “Partner Girlfriend Lover” are key breakout moments). Bassist Rio Kai, the septet’s only male, locks in with drummer Lizy Exell on the solid grooves, replete with funk, hip-hop, and Afrobeat influences, from the loping, asymmetric “Swift” to the laidback “EU (Emotionally Unavailable).” Garcia’s “Blume,” in two parts, brings in celestial overdubbed voices to usher in a more impressionistic, dreamlike state.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up an eponymous 2016 EP, the London jazz collective Nérija is focused and energetic on Blume, their full-length debut. The sound is horn-intensive, as two saxophonists (altoist Cassie Kinoshi, tenorist Nubya Garcia) and two brass players (trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Rosie Turton) create a lush melodic fabric with compelling solos at every turn. Guitarist Shirley Tetteh of Jake Long’s group Maisha brings a bright tone and unique articulation to the music, cementing her status as one of the London scene’s most vibrant accompanists and improvisers (“Riverfest” and “Partner Girlfriend Lover” are key breakout moments). Bassist Rio Kai, the septet’s only male, locks in with drummer Lizy Exell on the solid grooves, replete with funk, hip-hop, and Afrobeat influences, from the loping, asymmetric “Swift” to the laidback “EU (Emotionally Unavailable).” Garcia’s “Blume,” in two parts, brings in celestial overdubbed voices to usher in a more impressionistic, dreamlike state.

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