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Friday, June 19, 2020

Album review: Zoöphyte - Signs of Life

The debut album from Zoöphyte* showcases the songwriting talents of Peter Jones and Trevor Lever as well as Jones' cool vocals and contributions from a team of A-listers.

Described as a cross-genre project I was at first a little hesitant having experienced cross-genre projects in the past. However, this was one cross-genre project that was no trendy mish-mash aimed at pleasing everyone and ultimately pleasing no one.

This one works so beautifully that I hardly noticed the component modes - just the end product, so skillfully were they blended.


As a vocalist, Jones brings to mind such greats past and present as Mark Murphy (natch!); Jon Hendricks; Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter. At the risk of facing accusations of being sycophantic, Jones is at a point in his career where he can hold his head up high even in such exalted company. Likewise as a composer, although, in truth, I don't know which of the co-composers composed what or if it was 50-50 on each tune.

Although the band are primarily there in a supporting role, they're all big-hitters and emerge from the shadows for short but effective solos.

Getting back to the cross-genres, they may be listed as jazz, rock, soul and psychedelia but, to me, it's all filed under 'music'.

Recorded in October 2019 for Howlin' Werewolf Records (love it!)

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Los Retables; Füson; Stone Cold Killah; House on the Corner; Olive Butterfly and Stork; Feel Like I'm Chained to a Rock; The Caribou; What's your Favourite Planet?; My Dreams Are All in Black and White; Füson (alt. take).

Peter Jones (vocals/co-composer/producer); Graeme Flowers (trumpet); Nick Miles (trombone); Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax); Ross Stanley (keys); Rob Luft (guitar); Andrew Cleyndert (bass); Sophie Alloway (drums); Will Fry (percussion); Kitty Whitelaw (backing vocals); Trevor Lever (co-composer).

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