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Nubya Garcia - Source

Concord

Amongst the new wave of UK jazz phenoms, tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia is one of the hardest working musicians. Whether it's the two EPs she has released or the numerous appearances she's made with her talented contemporaries. Whatever the occasion she has made her presence felt. While on tour she managed to find the time to write the material that would ultimately lead to "Source". Not only is it her official full length debut but it's also released on the infamous Concord records. With a legendary company behind her she lives up to the challenge with ease. The lp opens up with "Pace". Garcia's haunting melodies overlapping a hybrid of rhythms punctuated by bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Sam Jones. The title track is a dynamic manifestation of afro Caribbean rhythms and sound system culture. Garcia's hearty tenor floats over the atmospherics created by drummer Jones. Joe Armon-Jones spirited forays on keys takes the track to greater heights. It's simply twelve minutes of pure orchestrated bliss prone to repeated listens. "Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be" demonstrates Garcia and her bandmates are equally at home with a ballad, each adding a gentle touch. "Source" is far from a traditional jazz record and for that we're thankful. Garcia's rich improvisational skills combined with her deep musical heritage makes for a satisfying listen, not to mention a force to be reckoned with.

Reg Dancy, 11/20