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IRONSIDE

by Ruby Rushton

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    22a proudly present’s the 4th studio album from the Tenderlonious led jazz quartet - Ruby Rushton. ‘Ironside’ is Ruby Rushton’s most complete work to date and was recorded over a 2 day session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

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22a proudly present’s the 4th studio album from the Tenderlonious led jazz quartet - Ruby Rushton. ‘Ironside’ is Ruby Rushton’s most complete work to date and was recorded over a 2 day session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

’Ironside’ sees the band continuing to push boundaries, and lead the way, with this new genre defying recording. The quartet’s fresh, high energy sound is rooted in the spiritual concepts of John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, paying homage to The Headhunters and Weather Report heyday, whilst still adopting influences from hip hop, Afrobeat and the UK underground culture.

”Ironside” - meaning someone who is “courageous and possessing great physical and mental strength” sums up the Ruby Ruston journey so far. A personal, against the odds journey, that required Tenderlonious starting a label, 22a, back in 2013. Nobody much cared about jazz back in 2011 when the first Ruby Ruston album (‘Two For Joy’) was recorded, so the 22a platform was built, a home for friends and members of the family to release music from. Fast forward to 2019 and the jazz landscape is looking a whole lot healthier.

The album’s title track embodies its meaning more than any other track on the album. A highly technical, jazzy jungle mover, held down by Tim Carnegie’s drums and Tenderlonious’ expeditious flute solo.

”The Return Of The Hero” nods most explicitly to the ever-present flute hero Yusef Lateef, the prancing dance of “Eleven Grapes” builds a locked groove perpetually upwards in spirals of dizzying frency, whilst “Triceratops / The Caller” evokes alternating contributions from 4 Hero’s sampled breaks, J-Dilla’s loping beats and Lonnie Liston Smith’s cosmic keys, all of which coalesce in a perfect, joyous blend.

The solemn beauty of “Prayer for Greenfell” is a respectful and dignified memorial, befitting of the magnitude of many lives stolen and “Pingwin VI” is dedicated to another hero of Tenderlonious - the Polish jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda.


UK Tour Dates:

29th March - The Fiddlers - Bristol

4th April - Patterns - Brighton

5th April - XOYO - London (Album Launch)

23rd April - Soup Kitchen - Manchester

24th April - Chameleon - Nottingham

25th April - Headrow House - Leeds

26th April - Jacaranda / Phase One - Liverpool

27th April - TBC - Glasgow

28th April - The Crescent – York

credits

released April 5, 2019

Edward Cawthorne; flute, soprano sax, synth, wah pedal, percussion
Nick Walters; trumpet, percussion
Aidan Shepherd; Fender Rhodes, Nord Stage, piano, bass synth
Tim Carnegie; drums

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios 30th September & 16th December 2018

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 written & arranged by Edward Cawthorne Tracks 3 & 5 written & arranged by Aidan Shepherd
Track 9 written & arranged by Aidan Shepherd & Edward Cawthorne Track 10 written by Krzysztof Komeda

Recording Engineer; Matt Mysko
Assistant Recording Engineer; Andy Maxwell

Mixing Engineer; Rhys Downing, except tracks 1 & 5; Matt Mysko
Mastering Engineer; Jason Gosling

Executive Producer; Dennis Ayler

Photography; Lou Jasmine & Jim Aindow
Cover Design; Theo Ackroyd

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