Cambridge Jazz Festival: Resolution 88 + Ishmael Ensemble
Saturday 23rd November
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Resolution 88 have already established themselves as one of the UK’s leading exponents of funk jazz with the release of their first two albums and live shows supporting Snarky Puppy, Roy Ayers, Marcus Miller, Larry Mizell & the Blackbyrds, Butcher Brown, Yellowjackets and more, Resolution 88 . Their music is synonymous with the silky, buttery sound of the Fender Rhodes. They’re also a bona fide band, a refreshing change in a musical world increasingly occupied by online collaborations and viral videos. They’re best mates who love to hang out, play together and make their own music – that sincerity is evident in their songs and their chemistry on stage.
‘Revolutions’ represents a lot of firsts – the first time Resolution 88 have recorded to multi-track tape, the first time that they’ve included a real string and brass section, the first time they’ve included special guests on record and the first time they’ve pressed an album on vinyl. Imagine a combination of an undiscovered Herbie Hancock album from the mid’ 70’s, rare-groove samples from the golden era of hip hop (ATCQ, Pharcyde etc) and the new London sound of bands like Yussef Kamaal.
Tom O’Grady: Suitcase Rhodes, Clavinet, Nord Stage 2, Solina, Moogs
Tiago Coimbra: Bass
Ric Elsworth: Drums
Alex Hitchcock: Tenor Sax
Oli Blake: Percussion
Ishmael Ensemble‘s debut album ‘A State of Flow’ builds on saxophonist Pete Cunningham’s work as proud protector of Bristolian heritage, sketching loving sonic pictures of the South West in his Bristol-inspired ‘Severn Songs’ series, whilst also incubating local visual and musical talent, within the Ensemble.
‘A State Of Flow’ touches on various styles of jazz, stirring ambient invocations, club-ready percussive workouts, spiralling grooves & hazy psychedelic electronica. This would be a confusing melange, but for Cunningham’s excursions as a genre-agnostic DJ–something evident in the real house shuffle of ‘Lapwing’–which evokes walking into a smoky after hours haunt and finding a session in full, forward motion or the organic garage beats of ‘Full Circle’ and classic trip hop style ‘Waterfall’ fuelled by Holysseus Fly’s honey toned and evocative vocals.
Dave Rendle – who will be spinning tracks in between the live acts – is the man behind production outfits ‘System Status’, ‘The Detroit Urban Gardening Ensemble’ and ‘Hazards of Prophecy’. Dave’s music on Untracked, Out Here Audio, Horn Wax and Stupid Human has caught the attention of global tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Phil Asher, Ashley Beedle, Alex Nut and Ross Allen. As a DJ Dave’s selections are deeply personal, emotive and not bound by any definition.
Road Dogs will be serving outside between 7.30-10pm
Presented by Cambridge Jazz Festival
19:30 doors open
20:00 - 21:00 Ishmael Ensemble
21:20 - 23:00 Resolution 88
All ages welcome, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult
£16.50 inc. booking fee, more on the door
£13.20 inc. booking fee, more on the door
£8.80 inc. booking fee, more on the door