London Jazz Collective NÉRIJA Announce Debut Album 'Blume'

London Jazz Collective NÉRIJA Announce Debut Album 'Blume'

London jazz collective Nérija have announced their debut album, Blume, due for release on August 2nd 2019. With the announcement of Blume comes the first single, “Riverfest”.

A track featuring blistering playing from the band and solos from guitarist Shirley Tetteh as well as bassist Rio Kai, “Riverfest” (composed by Nérija) exudes feeling, capturing the best aspects of Nérija’s live sets while adding some indefinable studio magic.  


Nérija are the septet of contemporary jazz luminaries: Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass).

Their debut NÉRIJA EPrecently re-released by Domino, was originally composed, recorded and self-released following their meetings and collaborations via London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors (an innovative jazz music education and artist development organization), but the septet truly emerged to prominence as an early staple of London’s now rightly-celebrated jazz scene, performing city wide amongst the throngs of younger jazz fans that followed the scene’s every step.

Now with its respected bandleaders and players each developing their own lauded projects (Nubya GarciaKOKOROKOSEED Ensemble, Nardeydey, Rosie Turton Quintet and more) – as well as leading the instrumental line for the likes of Little Simz and Congo Natty – they return to Nérija with new riches of power and a debut album, Blume, perfectly encapsulating their shared experience.

Rooted in friendship, Nérija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians. Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. 

Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work; their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

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NÉRIJA Blume

Album | 2nd August 2019

Nérija is Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija. Vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current, Blume takes you on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work of their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

Tracklisting

  • 1Nascence
  • 2Riverfest
  • 3Last Straw
  • 4Partner Girlfriend Lover
  • 5EU (Emotionally Unavailable)
  • 6Blume
  • 7Equanimous
  • 8Swift
  • 9Unbound
  • 10Blume II

NÉRIJA Blume

Album | 2nd August 2019

Nérija is Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija. Vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current, Blume takes you on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work of their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

Tracklisting

  • 1Nascence
  • 2Riverfest
  • 3Last Straw
  • 4Partner Girlfriend Lover
  • 5EU (Emotionally Unavailable)
  • 6Blume
  • 7Equanimous
  • 8Swift
  • 9Unbound
  • 10Blume II
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