täpp, or täpp collective, are a new and dynamic group led by violinist Rebekah Reid. Made up of ten different musicians and artists, the jazz collective incorporates many different influences into their work in order to create collaborative music which is both unified and unique. On June 18th, täpp released their debut album i like what i do // i do what i like on Bandcamp, sharing a new sound with their audience. i like what i do // i do what i like is a genre-defying album in many ways, through its varied and shared influences - the blend of classical violin arrangements, jazz harmony, groovy drum riffs, political spoken word, and industrial electronics makes for an eclectic listen. Yet, the sound is cohesive despite its unique nature. The way in which piano interludes are interspersed within the album alongside rap tracks, violin arrangements, and jazz drum grooves is incredible - it’s shocking that the album has any cohesion at all. Yet, täpp’s sound is extremely distinctive, and manages to perfectly blend these differing influences into one impressive, collaborative project. Featuring singer/songwriter And Is Phi, Chantelle Gabriella Jazz and Delali on spoken word, percussionist and producer Contours, Ayo Salawu and Abbi Phillips on drums/SPD and Alex Hill on piano and loop pedal, this album is not one to miss.
It will be 24 months come September since the last Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2019, a fantastic event that saw 44 performances all across the city, from over 200 artists and over 5000 of you lovely people in the audience to watch and support them.
CANYON is a new musical partnership between pianist Tom Harris and drummer Kai Chareunsy. Despite playing together for over five years, the duo have only just released their debut EP together under the name CANYON. After a year of ‘musical solitude’, Chareunsy and Harris decided to record a set of free improvisations together in January 2021, which became their debut EP canyon, exhibits i-vi.. The duo created four hours worth of music in the studio together, then condensed this expansive output into just 21 minutes. This EP features beautiful moments of intimate interaction between two incredibly individual jazz musicians, which are simultaneously freely improvised and earnest in intention. The duo’s ability to create moments of intensity and tension, yet also moments of beauty and solace within this stripped-back environment is admirable. The triumph of the EP is the attentive listening of both players, and their electric interaction with one another in each new moment.