After the success of ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One,’ Ruby Rushton are back with their highly anticipated follow up, ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two.’ Comprised of a further six cuts, ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’ is a welcome succession to its predecessor. Stand out tracks include ‘Tisbury Truckin,’ which is a stunning opener! Starting with an atmospheric soundscape it unexpectedly drops into a neck-snapping hip-hop groove with a punchy melodic line before effortlessly sliding into an up-tempo, afro-beat inspired rhythm with strong solos from trumpet and keys in tow. ‘Song For Christopher’ is a heartfelt ballad, which begins with a touching flute solo and continues to take the listener on a journey through the emotions, ending in a crescendo of optimism – a fitting tribute to the late Christopher Rushton. ‘Charlotte Emma Victoria’ is another strong track and includes some tasteful sousaphone and trombone parts to add extra oomph to its bounce, accompanied by a soaring saxophone solo by band leader Edward Cawthorne (aka Tenderlonious). The album ends with a classic Herbie Hancock jazz-fusion standard, ‘Butterfly,’ which the band handle with finesse. A fitting cover that I have no doubt would impress its original writers.
‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’ is a fantastic album, which further solidifies Ruby Rushton’s place on the modern jazz scene. This is a must have album that would hold its own in any jazz enthusiasts record collection - make sure you check it out!
Words by Rodriguez Guido
released November 10, 2017
Edward Cawthorne: Flute/Sax
Nick Walters: Trumpet
Aidan Shepherd: Keys
Fergus Ireland: Bass
Joseph Deenmamode: Percussion
Eddie Hick: Drums
'Tisbury Truckin', 'Song For Christopher' & 'Together At Last' written & arranged by Edward Cawthorne & Aidan Shepherd
'Trudi's Mood' & 'Charlotte Emma Victoria' written & arranged by Edward Cawthorne
'Butterfly' written by Herbie Hancock & Bennie Maupin
Recorded at Smokehouse Studios, London - 19th & 20th December 2016
Engineer: Rhys Downing / Mixed by Rhys Downing & Dennis Ayler
'Charlotte Emma Victoria' features Tom Marriott (Trombone) & Ben Kelly (Sousaphone)