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Laura Jurd

Laura Jurd is a trumpet player, composer and improviser from the UK. A recipient of multiple awards and a BBC New Generation Artist from 2015-2017, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Performing regularly throughout the UK and Europe, she leads the 2017 Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur who have performed at North Sea, Montreal and Molde International Jazz festivals to name a few. A highly active composer, Laura's is equally at home writing for contemporary chamber groups and orchestras as she is writing for jazz ensembles and improvising musicians

To The Earth

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: To The Earth; Slow Loris; Mosking; Held By Water; Absinthe; Banning Street Blues; For One.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Chris May

Not the best year for live gigs in London, but Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra just made it under the wire, lighting up the Jazz Cafe in late January. Rather like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sosimi's band has form as an incubator of young talent. A recent star in the making was trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, who has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Halsall: Salute To The Sun

Read "Salute To The Sun" reviewed by Chris May

Trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall is an inspirational figure on the British scene, as a musician and as the founder of the successful Gondwana Records label. Based in the northern city of Manchester, two hundred miles and a lifestyle away from London, Halsall debuted in 2008 with Sending My Love, on which he unveiled his distinctive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emma-Jean Thackray: Um Yang

Read "Um Yang" reviewed by Chris May

Right now, in summer 2020, using new and recent releases as the yardstick, the two most exciting musicians on London's alternative jazz scene are trumpeters. One is Laura Jurd, whose recent To The Earth (Edition) is a high-water mark for her electro-acoustic band, Dinosaur. The other is Emma-Jean Thackray, whose EP Um Yang is also remarkable. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik

Read "Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A little “Finnish" to start? Why not? Some fine bands from Suomi kick off this episode, with the fine saxophonist Jorma Tapio and his trio, Kaski, leading the way from their new release Aliseen. Tapio and mates use the folk music of Finland as the basis for their intriguing improvisations. After that you'll hear two newer ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz

Read "Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Bandleader, composer and educator Denys Baptiste is among the generation of musicians, many of them of Caribbean or African heritage, who pointed the way for the younger players who have emerged on the London jazz scene since around 2015. Baptiste's contemporaries include saxophonists Jason Yarde, Soweto Kinch, Steve Williamson and Courtney Pine, and trumpeter Byron Wallen, ...

New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums

Read "New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime trying to get on an equal footing with its American parent, British jazz has finally come of age. Since around 2015, a community of young, London-based musicians has forged a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the Caribbean and African cultural heritages of many of its vanguard players. The scene ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental

Read "Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental" reviewed by Chris May

Whatever other delights come along during 2020 in the way of great jazz albums, it is a near certainty that among the joint number ones will be To The Earth (Edition) by Dinosaur. Formed as the Laura Jurd Quartet in 2010 by students at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and still led by ...


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