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Fresh sounds: James Beckwith – Dreamliner

South London's synth man James Beckwith drops Dreamliner, the new single off his second album SE10. Electro-jazz at its finest with the who's who of London jazz including a killing trumpet solo by James Copus and Beckwith's trademark keys-heavy production.

James Beckwith is a keyboard player, composer and producer based in South London. Departing from the futuristic elements of his previous record Long Distance, SE10 takes a step back into the jazz music sound world that began his career, with his trademark synthesizer twist. The album is a work that is dedicated to community and deeply personal aspects of James’s life, and is names to the area in South-East London which James lives, Greenwich, which is also where he studied at Trinity Laban.

The main focus of the album is to be personal James explains, the musicians on the tracks are people I’ve known and worked with for years. We recorded the album in my friends recording studio which I’ve been going to time and time again. I even slept in the studio by the piano for 4 days because I really wanted to get into the mindset of the record! Being in charge of this community for 4 days was a special thing that made the sound of this record really work.



Watch below James Beckwith new single Dreamliner, from his second album SE10:

James Beckwith a is keyboard player, composer and producer based in South London. Combining big synth sounds, beautiful melodies and jazz music together. James creates a sound that is simultaneously lyrical, mellow, and warm, with driving heavy grooves. James has performed with Nubya Garcia, Judi Jackson, Sharky, Chelsea Carmichael, Jackson Mathod, Alex Hitchcock, Seed Ensemble & more.

The main personnel on the record are long-time collaborators bassist Joe Downard and drummer Harry Pope, with Chelsea Carmichael on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet featuring on many tracks. Trumpeter James Copus makes a soloist appearance and the other horn section members are comprised of Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Sam Rapley on tenor sax and clarinet, and Joe Bristow on trombone. 


Watch below James Beckwith new single Dreamliner, from his new album SE10:

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