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Recordings » Songs for the Sleeping
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Jonny Phillips [guitar]

Adriano Pinto [percussion]

Rob Leak [tenor saxophone]

Ben Davis [cello]

Seb Rochford [drums]

Sarah Homer [bass clarinet]

Robin Mullarkey [electric bass]

 

Featuring special guests:

Julia Biel [vocals]

Idris Rahman [tenor, clarinet]

Steve Buckley [bass clarinet]

 

Songs for the Sleeping, Oriole's debut album, is a stunning collection of original compositions that explores lines of connection established by the slave trade. The music draws on diverse influences from Europe, Africa and the Americas and unexpectedly forges a sound that defies the darkness of its themes with warm, extended melodies and songs imbued with imagery and emotion.

Accordingly, the music is a blend of styles from the three continents. Discernible influences include jazz, tango, bolero, waltz, Brazilian choro and Vaughan Williams.

 

"More super-confident new British jazz, with guitarist Jonny Phillips' compositions for octet (with the addition of vocalist Julia Biel on two tracks, and occasional guests) providing tight, idiomatic themes that repeated listening brings to life. Standout instrumentalists are the strikingly good Ben Davis on cello, Sarah Homer on bass clarinet, and Seb Rochford on drums." (Phil Johnson - The Independent on Sunday)

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