Album Of The Week: Ruby Rushton – Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two

Ruby Rushton
★★★★☆

London experimental jazz outfit Ruby Rushton deliver as promised with the release of Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two album.  The third album from the sextet is a further six-track offering of modern jazz with heavy afro leanings and a generous helping of hip-hop influences. Led by 22a boss Tenderlonious the combo create incredibly well-crafted jazz music that is deep yet still accessible. Opener ‘Tisbury Truckin’ is a breezy uptempo number, the bright, mid-tempo groover ‘Song For Christopher’ is a heartfelt tribute to the late Christopher Rushton. The funky ‘Trudi’s Modd (part 2)’could have made a bigger impression, but at 2.33 it feels all too brief , ‘Charlotte Emma Victoria’ sees Tenderlonious take flight with a soaring saxophone solo while ‘Together At Last’ is a lovely, playful organ/flute interlude. Closing out the set is their classy reinterpretation of Herbie Hancock classic jazz-fusion number ‘Butterfly’. Three albums in and this is yet another successful notch under their belts. This will be among the best jazz albums of the year.

 

 

Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two is out now via 22a – buy from Bandcamp.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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