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Justin Thrgur: Many Faces (Funkiwala)

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UK release date 27.05.2022

Trombonist, composer and producer Justin Thurgur steps into the limelight with this effervescent offering awash with great horns and polyrhythms.

Opener “Be A Little Wiser” fronted by the lively Sahra Gure exemplifies this magnificently, featuring Afro reggae blessedness with a superb jazzy guitar solo and Thurgur’s slide taking centre stage.

Lush Latin loveliness gets a look in too, with the Fania-inspired “The Reeducation Of Mr Otheralisation” adding spice and excitement to proceedings and glued together with a stonking montuno, courtesy of Afrobeat heavyweight Dele Sosimi. Talking about Afrobeat, the seductive “How It Is” is a highlight, as it switches moods subtly. That mood gets deeper with “Woman”, fronted by the smokey-sounding Jade Pybus - both these guest female vocalists are so distinctive.

A little spiritual jazz with funkified groove plateau, in the shape of  “The Reality Of Reality”. With an exhilarating trumpet solo from the ubiquitous Graeme Flowers, before the gorgeous strings and slow-burning piano solo bring things to a climactic horn frenzied climax. Thurger’s bone finishes things off with resplendent style. Essentially, this album has a real touch of class. No wonder big hitters Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, Jamie Callum and Cerys Matthews are getting behind this.
Words Emrys Baird

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