In Association with Shades of Soul Ltd

Theo Erskine & Mark Kavuma

UltraSound Album Launch

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Last Show: Saturday 17 th February 2024

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Join two of London’s most exciting jazz musicians, Mark Kavuma and Theo Erskine as they come together to perform their debut record as collaborators and co-producers, ULTRASOUND. Joined by an all-star cast of musicians; Deschanel Gordon piano, Michael Shrimpling bass and Shaney Forbes drums, they will tell the tale that is Ultrasound, playing original compositions and special arrangements. An essential night for any true jazz fans, this will be one to remember, not only for the brilliant music created by these two powerhouses of their instruments but also by the great energy and positive vibrations they bring to the room.

 

Ultrasound, the fifth release under the Banger Factory Label, is a further stride forward toward founder and trumpeter Mark Kavuma’s vision of bringing together seemingly disparate elements from within the bubbling London jazz scene, uniting sounds, and players from across generations and creating a unique, exciting, and fresh sound all its own. Recorded at Theo’s home studio in Forest Hill and produced by Theo Erskine and Mark Kavuma this album captures the zeitgeist of a unique moment in time when musicians starved of creative, collaborative music-making during the pandemic met again and each track is suffused with that palpable joy and yet tinged with reflection.

Ultrasound, the fifth release under the Banger Factory umbrella, is a further stride forward toward founder and trumpeter Mark Kavuma’s vision of bringing together seemingly disparate elements from within the bubbling London jazz scene, uniting sounds and players from across generations and creating a unique, exciting, and fresh sound all of its own.

Marking the start of a new partnership with saxophone player Theo Erskine strengthening the imprint's artistic reach and sparking ever more creative ideas, Ultrasound is the product of hours and days spent together during the pandemic - hours and days that turned into time spent plotting, planning, and putting in place future musical collaborations and projects when getting together in person became impossible.

Now, all Banger Factory releases are recorded at Theo's studio in Forest Hill described so eloquently in Oliver Newman's evocative liner notes.

"The tall south-facing windows frame an arc of daylight around south London’s paling hills. Light lets nothing off the hook. Each ordinary thing we overlook sharpens into life and gets remade with new clarity, definition, and detail. It’s like we’re seeing the familiar view unfold for the first time again - the busy rows of buildings being added to; traffic pushing homeward under a strengthening smile of moonlight as the day declines. Those trees."

The recording itself captures the zeitgeist of a unique moment in time when musicians starved of creative, collaborative music- making during the pandemic met again and each track is suffused with the palpable joy yet tinged with reflection.

Inspired by a shared love of Thelonious Monk's 'Live At The It Club', opener 'IT' encapsulates the sound, the emotions, and the energy of that rediscovered togetherness better than words could express.

'The Day After Tomorrow’ promises respite from a hangover, ‘The Return of Johnny Bravo’ characterises a re-emergence in a whirlwind of excitement. 'June' describes the glinting skyline of a world-reopened and 'The Loneliest' explores how peace is drawn from inward sources in the loneliest of times.

Band Line Up

Theo Erskine (tenor saxophone) 

Mark Kavuma (trumpet)

Deschanel Gordon (piano) 

Shane Forbes (drums) 

Michael Shrimpling (bass)