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Monday, November 05, 2012

CD Review: Landing Ground Laura Jurd

The jazz quartetLaura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (piano), Conor Chaplin (double bass) and Corrie Dick (percussion)
The string quartet (the Ligeti Quartet): Mandhira de Saram (violin), Patrick Dawkins (violin), Richard Jones (viola) and Ben Davis (cello)
(Review by Russell)

Laura Jurd’s debut CD Landing Ground places the trumpeter in the front rank of young composers emerging from prestigious music schools across the country.

Still in her early twenties, Jurd studied composition with Issie Barratt and is a multiple prize winner (including the Dankworth Jazz Composition Award 2011). The album comprises nine tracks linked thematically to produce a work of remarkable maturity from one so young. Six of the tracks highlight Jurd’s writing for the ensemble - Landing Ground fuses jazz quartet and string quartet – and three short improvised pieces pitches the composer’s  trumpet in duet setting with Ben Davis’ cello, then pianist Elliot Galvin and finally drummer Corrie Dick. Jurd writes about ‘departure’, ‘reminiscence’ and ‘of a return home’. There is a wistful, filmic quality to the album with more than a suggestion of late 50s Miles Davis in Jurd’s playing and her writing embraces European twentieth century classical music.
Landing Ground is available now on Chaos Collective (CC001) and officially released today (November 5).
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