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Nubya's 5ive / Nubya Garcia

Nubya Garcia - Nubya's 5ive

Jazz Re:freshed

There's a new generation of UK jazz artists and Tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia is one of the key players on the scene. She has studied with members of the educational program known as Tomorrow's Warriors and has emerged as a sought after horn player. With "Nubya's 5ive" she fronts a band filled with musicians broadening the scope of jazz. Drummer Moses Boyd is a band leader in his own right and seamlessly keeps the rhythm cooking throughout. With the opening track "Lost Kingdom", Boyd's deft command of rhythm provides a foundation for Garcia and trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey. Pianist Joe Armon-Jones spirited playing is pure delight on "Fly Free". With "Red Sun" Garcia and company stretch out in freewheeling form and the results are pure joy. Whether it's bebop or experimental, Garcia is a rising star who certainly warrants your attention. The multifaceted Jazz Re:freshed label never disappoints and this superb release is no exception. Highly recommended.

Reg Dancy, 09/17