22a – June 15th

His mother calls him Ed Cawthorne. But he’s better known as Tenderlonious, the hard-working South London label-founder, flautist, saxophonist, producer and DJ. For his debut he’s grabbed his flute for a deep dive into southern hemisphere tropical jazz. Recorded in a single eight-hour session, the tunes sound fresh with Yussef Dayes’ sizzling and shuffling drums as the engine room. The tight grooves on ‘Togo’ see him channel Seventies-era Donald Byrd, while the title track is a more ambitious composition aiming for the cosmos. The keys of Hamish Balfour and bass of Fergus Ireland add ballast to the exciting session with fellow 22archestra percussionists Konrad, Jeen Bassa and Reginald Omas Mamode offering depth. It’s an original, sophisticated and challenging slice of modern jazz.

Buy: Tenderlonious – The Shakedown

Live: Oslo on June 22nd