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New Jazz And Improvised Music Recordings

Released: 24.02.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

The marvellous Shoes For Losers is one of the first releases from fledgling local jazz label New Jazz And Improvised Music Recordings, a brilliant platform founded to compensate for the pandemic’s effect on the North East’s exceptional experimental music community. The collaborative effort is a wonderful reminder of the thrills of live improvised music, with Champion’s dextrous, unorthodox rhythms providing the perfect foundation for Wilson’s soaring, expansive melodies.

The flow of musical conversation always remains unpredictable and delightfully expressionistic, with the title track and standout Sinking Below The Horizon being a brilliant showcase for the players’ refusal to be bound to the conventional parameters of their instruments. Taken as a whole, Shoes For Losers is bold, uncompromising and wildly entertaining.

 

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