Nérija is the septet of contemporary jazz luminaries Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums), and Rio Kai (bass). Rooted in friendship, Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians. Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance.
<Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling and wonderful journey. Each member of the septet has at least one original composition on the collection, and two pieces are attributed to the group as a whole. As Chris May noted in his All About Jazz review, “There are no sharp elbows at play—and the sense of good fellowship seeps out of the music.”
“7.3. The rowdy and promising debut from this London septet is further evidence of the London jazz scene’s vitality.” -Pitchfork
“A seven-person (mostly women) group who blend individual passions with a commitment to the unified voice, their debut album Blume is an astonishing display of technical virtuosity, rhythmic flair and emotional kick.” -Crack Magazine
RIYL: Nubya Garcia, Kamasi Washington, Tortoise, Moses Boyd, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Theon Cross, Sons Of Kemet, Miles Davis, KOKOROKO
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