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Monday, June 14, 2021

Album review: Emma Johnson's Gravy boat - Worry Not

Emma Johnson (tenor sax); Fergus Vickers (guitar); Richard Jones (piano); Angus Milne (bass); Steve Hanley (drums)

(Quote from blurb): Worry Not is the debut from Leeds based cinematic quintet, Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat.

Emma's writing is inspired by cinematic scores as well as a wide range of jazz from hard bop to modern tenor/guitar led quintets, and this combines to create compositions that evoke imagery and emotions for the listener. The album combines strong melodies with improvised sections that give each member of the group space to shine.

As an album, Worry Not tackles themes of stress and worry and the process of overcoming those things to find a sense of calm. The imagery uses a lake setting and various weathers as a parallel to the coming and going of these emotions and the whole album is a cathartic listening experience, inspired by a place where Emma is at her most worry-free.

Written after a house flood and on the brink of the pandemic, the album (and the year awaiting it's creation) encapsulate a process of having worries, acknowledging and dealing with them, and allowing them to wash away. (End of quote).

I can but rubber stamp the above as, indeed I'm sure can those who attended the band's knockout gig at The Globe back in those 2019 days of yore when the world was free. Fortunately, the good news is that, not only are they back at the Globe on November 28 but, before then, on July 25, they play an afternoon session at Bobik's (Punchbowl, Jesmond) starting at 3:30pm.

In the meantime, this album will set you up nicely for the gigs or compensate you if you can't make it. Lance

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