Guest Playlist: Nérija
We're pleased to present a playlist carefully selected by jazz collective Nérija, who've been stunning audiences with their subtle blend of jazz, afrobeat and hip-hop.
Coming together as part of Tomorrow's Warriors, an organisation aimed at combating the imbalance in the number of women achieving success within the music industry, Nérija have since become a force to be reckoned with within the UK jazz scene.
This playlist features a selection of tunes that have inspired and influenced their new EP, from jazz legend Pharoah Saunders to young leaders such as Moses Boyd, with some contemporary gospel and Ghanaian highlife thrown into the mix as well.
Fred Hammond - The Lord is Good
"This is one of my favourites pieces by Fred Hammond - it's also one of his shortest. Beautiful vocal harmonies, and unexpected modulations which are lovely. Wicked!"
Ta-Ku feat. Atu - Long Time No See
"I'm just in love with him and his sound worlds at the moment...his music transports you places."
Pharoah Sanders - Upper and Lower Egypt
"I love how Pharoah flows freely over the rhythm section, with the piano playing the same riff while the drums and percussion add and expand to the groove. So powerful, his style of improvisation, wailing and full of soul."
Vula Viel - Takyen Korakora
"Vula Viel... This band makes good music of their own from good music, the leader learnt from the Dagaare people in Ghana."
Abdullah Ibrahim - Mannenberg
"This Abdullah Ibrahim tune has hugely inspired ‘Valleys’ (on our EP) and it’s partly based on the same chord changes."
Orchestra Super Mazembe - Kassongo
"Dance and love!!!"
T.O.Jazz - Owuo Adaadaa Me
"Ghanaian tune - I have no idea what these lyrics mean, however I'm in love with voices and simple harmonies. They remind me of West African church harmonies, to the point that they remind me of what could be a nursery rhyme."
Kirk Franklin - Hosanna
"This album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin is a heavy heavy feature on our on the road driving list! If you could see how much we dance!"
Stevie Wonder - As
"Another influence is Stevie Wonder!"
Darryl Reeves - Retrograde
"…When the bassline drops though…!!"
Joe Henderson - A Shade of Jade
"Love me some Joe Henderson, and this album is incredible. The arrangements of these great compositions have influenced my writing so much, they are so full of fire, rich harmonies and textures!"
Ambrose Akinmusire - Dreams Of The Manbahsniese
"Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the most captivating composers and trumpet players on the scene at the moment and I admire his style of writing. The way he tells stories, conveys emotion and paints pictures through sound is what partly inspired the way I tried to approach writing my tune ‘Redamancy’ when I wrote it back in 2012."
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Parts I and II, Master Teacher
"I love these two albums, future space hip hop! Love how Erykah manipulates genres into her own style. I like 'Master Teacher' in particular, the way she sings freely over the beat. And then the switch over half way through, such a funky groove!"
Hiatus Kaiyote - Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)
"I’ve had this on repeat since it dropped!"
Little Simz - Top Down ft. Kent Jamz
"I just like the vibe to be honest and that she's a London based artist representing us ladies!."
Moses Boyd - Rye Lane Shuffle
"Moses Boyd Exodus - the brainchild of the great young British jazz drummer Moses Boyd. He recently started up his own label, has an album on the way and is creating wicked music with heavy grooves."
Fred Hammond – This is the Day
"This tune I've grown up listening to! This is a great rendition of what we could call a West African Hymn. Love this version, in its arrangement - harmonically and rhythmically."