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Issue 1096

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Jersey St : Love Rising Up

Jersey st

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UK release date 25.09.2020

Ubuntu,home of jazz acts such as Quentin Collins,Brandon Allen,Jay Phelps and Camilla George have spread their wings and delved into the world of northern deep soul kickstarting the renaissance of Deep House pioneers Jersey St,now doing organic soul and beyond.

It's an extremely lush offering and glossy production with a very wide palette ranging from the corruscating strings and general all round sophistication of opener,Love Rising Up' and 'Carnival' a slow burning deep soul torch song highlighting the choice rhodes playing of Matt steele with devastating allure.Exquisite modal jazz is afoot too ,with 'No One Can Take Your Place' featuring some mightily fierce sax improv, courtesy of Jasper Wilkinson.

Singer, Dawn Zee harnesses the band with devastating aplomb and measuredness evading mawkishness or trite sentiment adding a real touch of class to these deftly penned songs.

Any band that can release the gentle swelling quiet storm of
'Nightingale' , an impressive peach of a tune (replete with an imperious flugel solo) deserves to be taken on their own merits and not lumped in with the likes of Incognito or The Brand New Heavies.This outfit have their own brand of lapel grasping USP,that's for sure.
Words Emrys Baird

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