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Song of the Day: Ivo Neame – Strega

An award-winning pianist and composer Ivo Neame shared a second single Strega, featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, from his forthcoming album Glimpses Of Truth. The album will be released on 26th November via Whirlwind Records.

Ivo Neame’s twisting grooves and harmonic ingenuity have helped establish his distinct voice in international contemporary jazz. The celebrated Phronesis pianist returns to Whirlwind for Glimpses of Truth, a powerful artistic statement marking the first time Neame’s big band compositions have been committed to disc. Neame’s most assured body of work to date will undoubtedly be remembered as one of this period’s most impressive artistic achievements.

Having lots of people play this intricate polyrhythmic music can be really emotionally powerful, says Neame. Taking inspiration from Phronesis’ large ensemble projects, the compositions also played a didactic role, as a way of introducing newcomers to complex rhythmic structures. The pandemic flipped that idea on its head: faced with dwindling opportunities to hear these compositions live, Neame thought I’m just going to plough on regardless and record it all.

Composed, multi-tracked (Neame plays all the tutti sax lines), videoed, mixed and mastered remotely over the pandemic period, Glimpses of Truth embraces the digital on a global scale, as Gilad Hekselman, Jim Hart and Ingrid Jensen appear alongside a stellar selection of UK musicians: Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Noel Langley (trumpet), Jason Yarde (baritone saxophone), Trevor Mires (trombone), Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Tom Farmer (double bass), James Maddren & Jon Scott (drums), Ivo Neame (piano), Jim Hart (vibraphone), George Crowley (tenor saxophone), and the whole album produced by Michael Janisch.


Listen to Ivo Neame new single Strega, featuring Ingrid Jensen, from the pianist forthcoming album Glimpses Of Truth:

Neame’s creations grapple meaningfully with wider social issues. We’re always struggling with the real truth of anything. People talk about how we’re in a post-truth world – this album is my interpretation of that, he says, explaining the album’s title. The release emerges into a post-Trumpian landscape abounding with conspiracy theorists who fully embrace their own truths. But a lot of the time, it’s very murky – that’s why I call it ‘glimpses’. These days, it’s ‘this is my truth, that’s your truth’, it’s all very vague because the world is so chaotic. Glimpses of Truth offers stark clarity as a healing balm, working methodically through rhythmic complexity towards a negotiated artistic truth.


Watch the video below of Ivo Neame new single Strega, featuring Ingrid Jensen, from the pianist forthcoming album Glimpses Of Truth:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:


Malik Alston & Painted Pictures - Air

Jason Joshua - Se Acabó

Agustin Pereyra Lucena Quartet - La Rana

Matthias Lindermayr - Sanctuary

Bremer/McCoy - Gratitude

Scrimshire - Morning Affirmation

Michael Kiwanuka - Beautiful Life - Edit

Jack Herer - Take Too Long

Al-jiçç - Zadar

Rude Skøtt Osborn Trio - L'Ombra Blu

Ego Ella May - YoYo

DECAP, Kiefer, Kyla Moscovich - Family

Ivo Neame, Ingrid Jensen - Strega

Myele Manzanza - The People's Changes

Remulak,Wilczynski - Sauvignon Blanc

SGJAZZ,Dr. Dundiff - Inside Out

Joy Crookes - Trouble

Move 78, Aver, Aquiles Navarro - Hectic As...

Bo!led - Blue Room

corto.alto - Brotherhood

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