Domino's turn to get a slice of the 2019 London jazz scene pie. Nérija feature the already legendary saxophonist Nubya Garcia along side an ensemble of six other musicians. Blume, their debut album, is an incredibly vibrant and lovely work, that gets close to capturing how captivating the band are in the flesh. 

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Blume by Nérija
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8/10 Daoud 31 July 2019

Look, I know what you’re thinking. Just what else can the London jazz scene offer? Haven’t I heard it all by this point? Quick answer, no. 

Longer answer? The thing that makes Nérija stand out most from their London jazz scene peers is Shirley Tetteh’s guitar playing. She finds spaces for herself within the rhythm section (and what a rhythm section!), playing Steely Dan-cool strummed guitar, but is also more than capable of throwing down with unbelievably smooth improvisation, as on ‘Equanimous’. The guitar acts as an almost blinding and skeletal backdrop to the rich and full sounds the rest of the band provide. 

And Blume is an album of uncommon richness. The production is so bright and colourful, it’s just an absolute pleasure to listen to. The trumpet sounds are soft and cushioned, the vocals are warm and close, the trombone suitably goofy. And of course there’s Nubya Garcia’s blistering and distinguished tenor saxophone. 

Blume is at its best when it embraces this, where it just overloads you with wonderful rich playing, as at the end of ‘Riverfest’. Here the band reach a level of straight up euphoria that isn’t usually associated with jazz, the cerebral genre. It’s almost tacky, but much like the horn arrangements on Bon Iver’s later album, provides a moment of heartfelt controlled chaos where anything feels possible.

It's thanks to their infectious musical chemistry they can pull it off, their improvisations like choreographed dancers. 


9/10 Eduardo Almeida Customer rating (no review), 14th September 2019



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