Rafe’s Dilemma are a quartet best known for their storytelling, and for the eclectic mixture of influences which can be heard in their album, Rafe’s Dilemma. Featuring Jamil Sheriff on keys, Nel Begley on vocals, Katie Patterson on drums, and Pete Turner on bass, the group originally formed as a commission for Bolton Worktown festival. Rafe’s Dilemma released their self-titled album which narrated the story of ‘a family on the edge’ through spoken word, improvisation, and a range of soundscapes. Therefore, their new release ‘Give In’ is an unexpected yet welcome addition to their previous works, as it explores their own personal musical storytelling for the first time. Whilst their album Rafe’s Dilemma features a wide range of generic influences, including jazz, rock, electronic music, spoken word, and more, ‘Give In’ offers a new sound from the quartet. It’s a moving piece which immediately allows the audience to connect with the band through its harmonic qualities, its emotional lyrics, and its laidback groove.
Run Logan Run, an experimental saxophone and drums duo, are hosting a series of livestream gigs with other northern jazz musicians in the next few months. In the first installment of the Ankh Sanctuary series, Run Logan Run performed alongside pianist Matthew Bourne (Leaf Label) and bassist Riaan Vosloo (Nostalgia 77). Bourne is known for his improvisation and unpredictable experimentalism, whilst Vosloo is known for his eclectic influences; in collaboration with Run Logan Run, the musical ideas being created and invented on Sunday evening were electric.