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Ruby Rushton
Trudi's Songbook: Volume One & Two

Ruby Rushton is, lets carefully note, a band, and not an solo female recording artist, let alone the woman craftily displayed on the cover. Just so we’re all on the same page. In fact Ruby Rushton are a four-piece jazz band, fond of the funkier end of things, and Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One & Two bundles up their two 2017 releases into one handy jazz package for 2019. On 22a.

Hard Rain

This new album by Tenderlonious, 'Hard Rain', looks like a nice mix of urban jazz and vintage hip-hop, with elements of ambient, funk, and trip-hop. Tenderlonious is not only a solo artist but the head of an up-and-coming record label 22a, a DJ, a producer, and multi-instrumentalist. This is clearly a one to watch. 

Ruby Rushton

Ruby Rushton is not, as you would expect, a solo artist. Rather, Ruby Rushton is the name adopted by a London fusion quartet led by MPC-funk wizard Tenderlonious. The fourth Rushton LP Ironside finds Tenderlonious (real name Edward Cawthorne) largely leaving the electronics aside in favour of flute, sax and percussion. He and the other RR members create a cool post-jazz racket on Ironside. File next to Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones and all those other cats.

The Shakedown featuring The 22archestra

Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne is a virtuoso saxophonist, flautist, and band leader. On The Shakedown he and The 22archestra (featuring Yussef Dayes of Yussef Kamaal on drums) show off the extent of Tenderlonious's abilities by building a supremely fun jazz album out of hip hop, funk, and Afrobeat.