Opening with a brass rendition of Skepta’s grime-anthem, ‘Shutdown’, was perhaps the perfect way to introduce Ezra Collective and their sound and attitude to a fresh face of hip-shakers. It’s grimey, playful, very London-centric, and of course the buzzword: it’s jazz. In fact, they are trailblazers in the scene, as it was only a few weeks ago that keys wizard, Joe Armon Jones, played to a sold out crowd upstairs in the very same venue courtesy of Mr Bongo’s new Jazz Club night.
Music from far and wide – 130 countries to be precise – descended on WOMAD Festival (World of Music, Art & Dance) to turn the Earl of Suffolk’s beautiful Charlton Park estate in Wiltshire into a musical Mecca. Now in its 36th year, the four-day event holds a reputation for being one of the politest, most relaxed and feel-good festivals out there.
Spearheading the development of the UK jazz underground, London’s Ezra Collective have just released the stunning ‘Mace Windu Riddim’, a unique foray into disco-tinged future jazz.
The band say, “Second release on Enter The Jungle Records, and this time it’s a marriage between the aggressive, high energy Ezra Collective sound and our collective love for disco. Yeah disco. We wrote this to bring joy to the dance floor. Happiness and smiling.”
This was special. A night that breathed new life into the old cliche of music’s ability to unite. It saw a perfect combination of two bands that could make inanimate objects dance, in front of an audience that was intent on having a good time. Tonight saw London’s Ezra Collective bring their sensational afrobeat-meets-jazz fusion to the party, alongside Normanton Street, yet another group that are showing the full range and quality of Brighton’s music scene. Together they created a show to be remembered.