So much more than their time in the sun, Ezra Collective are commanding the underground UK jazz scene this summer following the release of their acclaimed second album and subsequent tour. With a number of festival dates and European shows circled for the Autumn, Ezra Collective are keeping the live room hot with the release of this searing sound-of-the-summer single, Mace Windu Riddim.
The track pricks your ears immediately with the percussive pounding of Femi Koleoso’s skilfully styled beat. Coupled with that Joe Armon-Jones e-piano sound chopping and crunching above TJ’s bubbling bass, the vibe is Ezra grit through and through.
However, the summer-slick horns have other ideas, with the whole ensemble moving to an absolutely bouncing disco floorfiller. For those still surprised by the synergy, Femi explains, “It’s a marriage between the aggressive, high energy Ezra Collective sound and our collective love for disco. Yeah disco. We wrote this to bring joy to the dance floor. Happiness and smiling.”
Another absolute must for Ezra Collective fans looking to get closer to the music, and the London underground jazz scene in general, is Brownswood’s We Out Here documentary, a follow-up to the stunning anthology released earlier in the year. Featuring candid interviews with members of the group, as well as a host of other artists from the scene, this film is essential for every jazz fan.