Emma-Jean Thackray announces ‘Um Yang’ & shares new video

You’ll know by now that we are huge fans of Emma-Jean Thackray, with each release the Yorkshire raised artist brings a fresh approach to contemporary jazz. 

For her latest offering, Thackray delves into Um’ and ‘Yang’ the Korean word for Yin and Yang. Her grounding in Taoism was inherited from her father. The one-off recording for Night Dreamer is dedicated to the Taoist philosophy of duality and harmony.

“Recording in (Artone) was such a dream,” Thackray recalls. “It had all the fantasy analogue equipment you daydream about one day being able to use. The desk looked like something Uhura would use. All the instruments were natural, woods and metals, no plastic in sight, and everything was to be hit or blown, all analogue. I really needed everything to be natural and real, because the music is about the universe, about the energy of all things, and what is more real than that.”

New EP from Emma-Jean Thackray.
Photo by Elaine Groenestein.

As with the previous Night Dreamer releases the album was recorded and cut direct-to-disk at Artone Studio in Haarlem, Holland. The two-track project features Thackray on (trumpet/vocals/percussion), alongside Soweto Kinch (sax), Lyle Barton (rhodes), Ben Kelly (sousaphone), Dwayne Kilvington (percussion), Crispin Robinson (congas), and Dougal Taylor (drums).

We’ve pretty much run out of superlatives to describe the fantastic and utterly refreshing music that Thackray creates, as we’ve said before she is light years ahead of her contemporaries. Pre-order’ Um Yang’ here.

Album artwork


1. UM 음
2. YANG 양

CF Smith

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