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Janette Mason Nu Jazz Trio: Red Alert (Rescheduled from from 6/12/2020)
Sun, December 5, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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“This excellent album sets out to carve a new landscape for contemporary jazz. Her exquisite piano playing and cinematic touch with synthesisers combine superbly with the tight grooves of Jack Pollitt and Tom Mason,” said Andrew Tulloch when reviewing Red Alert.
Nu jazzers, the Janette Mason Trio, impressed when they debuted at the club in 2016. Now they’re back to promote their latest release, Red Alert, which Janette describes as cutting edge jazz for a new generation.
One of UK jazz’s best-kept secrets, Janette is a consummate musician who has worked with pop artists such as Seal, Pulp, Oasis, kd lang, David McAlmont and Suzanne Vega, plus outstanding jazz vocalists like Claire Martin and Ian Shaw.
An artist whose music has been described as similar to E.S.T. and The Bad Plus, Janette’s powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with synths to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought-provoking.
Her latest CD, Red Alert, is inspired by her passionate belief that jazz needs to constantly evolve to attract a younger, more diverse audience. Her unique contemporary compositions, drawing on her diverse influences – from Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock, to David Bowie and Goldfrapp – combine interesting timescapes and modern beats with a cinematic texture, all underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary.
Janette’s vision is brought to life by the explosive combination of Chris Morris on drums and Tom Mason on bass, and is a direct musical response to the political and social challenges now facing us all – hence the title, Red Alert.
Alongside Janette’s compositions, the trio take on arrangements of pop classics by artists such as the Eurythmics, Gary Numan, The Beatles and David Bowie.
Janette Mason (Piano/Synth), Tom Mason (Acoustic/Electric Bass), Chris Morris (Drums).
“This is another fine album from Janette Mason . . . and for this listener reaffirms what a fine jazz trio pianist she is.” – Nick Lea, Jazz Views
“A band leader of pugnacious flair and genuine unpredictability.” – James Griffiths, The Guardian
“Mason’s arrangement skills are exemplary. Nothing here is over-egged, and all solos economically underline the players’ talents.” – Daryl Easlea, BBC Music