'...With his career seemingly preordained by his name, Jaswon is a young alto saxophonist of rare thoughtfulness and poise...he makes all the right choices about when to turn up the heat and when to stay cool...'
'...This debut album is an admirably focused affair and a highly promising start to a recording career from a group that are also good value live...'
Brian Glasser, Jazzwise Magazine June 2015
Ribbons, the debut album from the Joshua Jaswon Quintet, features a set of all original material from the London based saxophonist and composer.
The six pieces draw on the group’s interest in lyricism, swing, and the blues and reflect the ensemble’s intent to deliver engaging performances accessible to a wide-ranging audience.
Throughout Ribbons all five musicians thread shifting colours, tones and timbres, through canvases varying from the meditative ballad to up-tempo statements in swing.
The musical landscape shifts from quintet outings, such as the opening piece Crouching Tiger, to the title track Ribbons, a duo setting with Joshua and pianist George Moore, to the record’s conclusion featuring a quartet version of Ebb and Flow.
As an improviser and composer Joshua is interested in developing strong melodic frameworks as the basis for the group’s improvisations, and as an instrumentalist in combining vocal qualities of sonority and resonance with a rhythmic feeling steeped in swing and the blues.
In Freddie Gavita, Joshua has one of the most in demand UK trumpet players in the quintet’s frontline. Freddie’s seamless amalgamation of varied jazz trumpet styles into a compelling musical voice make him an ideal horn player to elucidate and expand upon the music’s intent.
Pianist George Moore, double bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer Andy Chapman comprise a rhythm section of considerable jazz craft and experience.
George’s ensemble empathy and melodicism as an improviser and accompanist subtly render the music’s shifting colours, offering shades and contrasts with finely weighted piano timbres. Gourlay’s deep tone and wide quarter note pulse resonate throughout the record, and together with Andy’s engaging grooves and clear, quietly driving drum sound, sustain a lucid rhythmic foundation steeped in swing for the quintet’s debut outing.
To listen to the album, please visit the Listen page where the record's final track Ebb and Flow is freely available.
To view high-resolution images of the stunning original artwork by Andrew Lyons, please visit the Photos page.
To purchase the CD, please visit the Store page.
Joshua Jaswon - alto saxophone
Freddie Gavita - trumpet
George Moore - piano
Calum Gourlay - double bass
Andy Chapman - drums