Nérija – Blume

There’s a real warmth about London-based jazz septet Nérija on their debut album. It might have something to do with the close-knit harmonies of the horn front line – Nubya Garcia on tenor saxophone, Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Cassie Kinoshi on alto sax and Rosie Turton on trombone – or the fact that this young collective have known each other since they were teens attending the free weekend jazz workshop Tomorrow’s Warriors.

Democracy is their watchword. Each band member has penned their own compositions on Blume: a mix of frenetic Afrobeats on Last Straw, written by Maurice-Grey; choral balladry on the title track, by Garcia; and Kinoshi’s scattergun hip-hop fusion on EU (Emotionally Unavailable).

Read the review in the Observer.

[This piece was published on 04/08/19]