It’s safe to say that UK jazz has had a pretty great year so far with standout records from Nubya Garcia, Yazz Ahmed, Collocutor, Vibration Black Finger and much more.

With their debut release, London quartet ILL CONSIDERED push towards the head of the pack with one of our favourite jazz albums thus far in 2017. Consisting of Idris Rahman on sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu on drums, Yahael Camara-Onono on percussion the quartet make merry in breaking all the rules.

With the emphasises on making music without preparation they construct new compositions in the moment – strictly no planning, no conversation between takes, no idea where the session is going to take them, just four musicians in a London studio making jazz fuelled improvisations.

The album feels vibrant and full of energy with tracks like “Dawn lit metropolis,” “Building bridges,” “Upstart” and closing track “Lope” bursting with impulse and spontaneity.

The press release describes the album as “wonky, mad, intense vibes at the cutting edge of contemporary UK improvised music“. Sometimes press releases get it spot on.

Enough talk, just press play, kick back and enjoy the ride. You won’t be disappointed.


Buy from Bandcamp.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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