Jazz in the Round

Justin Thurgur Afro Jazztet

30 / 06 / 2017
Justin Thurgur Afro Jazztet

Justin Thurgur is most known as the trombonist from the seminal folk group Bellowhead, for over twenty years however he has also been at the heart of the world music scene in Britain, particularly as the right hand man of former Fela and Femi Kuti keyboardist Dele Sosimi and with his long term collaboration with Kishon Khan. A defining feature of Thurgur’s career has been a commitment to this idea of sharing and shared musical communication, breaking down borders and creating music that celebrates commonality. This has been as true of the approach of a group like Bellowhead to the English folk music tradition as to Lokkhi Terra, placing Bengali folk songs with the rhythm section and horn sounds of Cuba, Africa and beyond.

‘No Confusion’ is Thurgur’s first release under his own name and is a true representation of this ideal. It combines his early love for the jazz of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Coltrane, Lee Morgan, et al... with the musical journey he has been on since he was introduced to improvising and a broader musical experience by an inspirational trombonist and trombone teacher, Trevor Ap Simon, when aged 13. The album has been written with Khan and the double bassist Max De Wardener and features the likes of James Allsopp on bass clarinet, Pat Illingworth on drums, Graeme Flowers and Tom Allan on trumpet, Oreste Noda on congas and Phil Dawson on guitar.

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