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Bubbling beneath the surface of the names of musicians and bands we hear about regularly is a wealth of talent that may have been around for a while but who we hear about less than we should. Trumpeter Paul Jordanous has an impressive CV having played as a sideman with the Clark Tracey Sextet, Soundspecies, Atomic Hooligan, Scott McKeon and the Baker Brothers and has featured on more than 20 album releases.

Paul JordanousAt sixteen, Paul went to Richmond College in Surrey where he studied Jazz with guitarist Mo Nazan. He became trumpet soloist and lead trumpet with the Kingston Youth Big Band and toured with them through Europe before going on to read Music at Reading University. He graduated in 2005.

Paul co-founded the band Blue Rooster before joining the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra and Pendulum Quartet, performing with many key musicians in the UK jazz scene. He has also been part of the Bob Barber Jazz Qunitet and the Bobby Worth Quintet, and he plays with the New Clark Tracy Sextet with Kit Downes, Lewis Wright and Piers Green.

Now Paul has released his debut album And Now I Know .. from the Paul Jordanous Ensemble. The Ensemble comprises Paul (trumpet and flugelhorn), Piers Green (alto sax), Paul Booth (tenor sax), Tom White (trombone), Bill Mudge (piano), Mark Rose Paul Jordanous And Now I Know(double bass), Chris Nickolls (drums) and two names that we do hear regularly - Kit Downes (Piano and Fender Rhodes) and from Empirical, Lewis Wright (vibraphone).

Paul's, who is based in South-West London, has influences from Roy Hargrove, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis to Miles Davis and he draws on these for the eight tracks he has written for this album. Steve Scarborough from It's Just Jazz says: 'The writing is fresh and contemporary and Jordanous has arranged the material intelligently for a variety of voicings - the ensemble ranges from a sextet to a nonet and the group delivers beautiful playing throughout'.

Inevitably there is fine playing from Kit Downes and Lewis Wright, but the creativity of Paul Jordanous, Piers Green, Paul Booth, Tom White and Bill Mudge are also well worth listening to. It is also a while since we have heard a trombone player like the young prodigy Paul JordanousTom White delivering such enjoyable, contemporary jazz. Take some time out to sample it.

Click here for a video of the Ensemble recording the track Strong: Hindsight from the album with Bill Mudge on piano. Click here for the band playing the track The Squeeze Driver live in 2011 and featuring Tom White on trombone. Click here to taste the album in a video preview. Click here for Paul's MySpace site where you can sample some of his other music.

And Now I Know .. is available from itunes, Amazon and CDbaby where you can also preview thetracks (click here for it on Amazon).


© Paul Jordanous and Sandy Brown Jazz 2012 - 2015

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