It is good to welcome another original talent to this lineage. Johanna Burnheart is a rising star on the London scene through her work on spiritual-jazz band Maisha's There Is A Place (Brownswood, 2018), trombonist Rosie Turton's 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed, 2019), trumpeter Yazz Ahmed's Polyhymnia (Ropeadope, 2019) and Floating Circles Quartet's Humble Travelers (self produced, 2020).
Burnheart's own-name debut, Burnheart, is an electro-acoustic affair which is sonically in line with Ahmed's Polyhymnia and was co-produced by Ahmed's producer, Noel Langley. The music is characterised by deep grooves, spacey Wurlizter and synthesizer lines and Burnheart's sinewy violin.
Burnheart's quartet, like Floating Circles Quartet, with whom she shares her bassist, Jonny Wickham, is composed of fellow alumni of London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama (which also counts Ahmed and Langley among its graduates). It is a well-balanced lineup, with Wikham, keyboard player David Swan and drummer Boz Martin-Jones providing hard-wired sympatico support. A striking and assured debut.
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