Ashley Henry came to wider attention back in 2016 with the release of his 5ive’s EP on Jazz:refreshed. A stunning statement of intent that gave us a glimpse of what was to come from the talented newcomer.
The 26-year-old South London pianist returns with his major label debut with the release of the Easter EP via Silvertone / Sony Music. Drawing influences from jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul and R&B, the 6-track EP is an imaginative collection that boldly explores new musical territory, marking Henry out as an essential new artist on the Jazz scene.
The Easter EP sees Henry tackle a broad range of material in his original tracks and rearrangements of tracks by Nas and indie-punk trio The Enemy.
With the backing of a stellar team of musicians such as Luke Flowers and Eddie Hick (drums), Jean Toussaint (saxophone), James Copus (trumpet), Daniel Casimir (bass), and Cherise Adams-Burnett (vocals) the craftsmanship is potent from beginning to end.
I’ll be keeping this EP on repeat for a while.