Thursday, 19 October 2017

Courtney Pine - Black Notes From the Deep

Courtney Pine - Black Notes From the Deep
Freestyle Records

Tender, full-bodied and refined; every note sounds beautifully necessary, with a form to match. Omar Lyefook's voice soars above Pine's luscious arrangements.

No musician embodies more the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than Courtney Pine. His debut album, Journey To The Urge Within in 1987, was the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40, notching up sales to qualify for a silver disc.

As an artist always looking to work outside of and across established musical genres, it is easier to list the musicians and artists he hasn't worked with, but now in 2017 Courtney releases brand new music featuring another British music legend of equal repute, his Freestyle Records label mate and an artist also honoured for his own creative endeavours; Omar Lyefook MBE.

Black Notes From The Deep is the 19th album of his stellar career, and sees Courtney return to the tenor sax for the first time in over a decade, an instrument he has been playing the longest and is often associated with. With over 30 years in the limelight, and one of the very first black musicians to make a firm imprint on the jazz scene this side of the Atlantic, the new album demonstrates why he is considered to be one of our most cherished national treasures.

Just the one song available to stream ahead of the release, check it here (along with another opportunity to pre-order

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