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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released May 4, 2018 | Brownswood Recordings

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A madman savant of the keyboards, who knows his Herbie Hancock like the back of his hand, Joe Armon-Jones offers yet more proof of the rude state of health of the British jazz scene. Previously published in the compilation We Out Here (a Qobuzissime record!) which came out on Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings in February 2018, this co-founder of Ezra Collective has now brought out his first record as a bandleader. Like his spiritual siblings who come from the same scene, Armon-Jones was brought up on a thousand different sounds. So this is jazz: but fusion too, and club music, afrobeat, hip hop, neo-soul, acid jazz, dub and funk, all rolled up in his Starting Today which also features artists like Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd, Ras Asheber, Oscar Jerome, Big Sharer, Kwake Bass… Never deeply jazz in the classical sense, this record holds echoes of the late Seventies and early Eighties, when soul and funk infiltrated the genre, for better and for worse. Old-timers will think of Roy Ayers, Bernard Wright, Ramsey Lewis, Ronnie Laws, Ronnie Foster, the Blackbirds, the Headhunters, Alphonse Mouzon and a few others. But Joe Joe Armon-Jones never loses sight of the fact that he's living in 2018 and not 1978, and he points this out from time to time, which means that his album remains free of any whiff of formaldehyde, and retains a sense of fun, as a furious and groovy bout of channel-surfing. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released September 20, 2019 | Brownswood Recordings

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Since Starting Today - his first solo album released in 2018 – it was clear that Joe Armon-Jones had established his place in the young British jazz scene as a kind of mad scientist behind the keyboard who knows Herbie Hancock like the back of his hand. Spotted on the compilation album We Out Here (a Qobuzissime record!), released on Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings, the co-founder of Ezra Collective has now revealed Turn to Clear View, a work that is just as eclectic as its predecessor with guest appearances from the likes of Oscar Jerome, Moses Boyd, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Nubya Garcia. Much like his counterparts, JAJ has been bottle-fed on a thousand different sounds and styles. There’s jazz of course, but also fusion, club music, afrobeat, hip-hop, neo-soul, acid jazz, dub and funk, genres that he effortlessly connects together like blocks of Lego. And much like its predecessor, the second album led by Armon-Jones echoes sounds of the late seventies and early eighties, when soul and funk were infiltrating jazz, for better or for worse. JAJ walks in the footsteps of Roy Ayers, Bernard Wright, Ramsey Lewis, Ronnie Laws, Ronnie Foster, Blackbirds, Headhunters and Alphonse Mouzon. And yet on tracks such as The Leo & Aquarius, he reminds us – with the help of the rapper Jehst – that he is living firmly in the 21st century and not in some fantasized past. This becomes evident again on Yellow Dandelion, which Georgia Anne Muldrow turns into a soul’n’jazz hit with very modern sounds. Behind his keyboard, JAJ never thinks purely about himself, nor does he abuse his pyrotechnic virtuosity. And it is precisely that quiet confidence which makes Turn to Clear View so wonderful. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released September 8, 2017 | YAM Recordings

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Jazz - Released July 24, 2019 | Brownswood Recordings

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Dub - Released November 23, 2018 | Brownswood Recordings

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Jazz - Released June 5, 2019 | Brownswood Recordings

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