Tenderlonious - The Shakedown
AT LAAAAAAST!!! A debut LP is finally put in by London troubadour Tenderlonious. We first experienced his genius on Caramel, featured on Soul Jazz's Art + Sound comp from 2015. This year, he brings together some of modern jazz's most exciting musicians for The Shakedown.. including Yussef Dayes on drums... anyone familiar with the Yussef Kamaal stuff knows how real this guy is....
Here's the label blurb, which throws Dilla and Bitches Brew in the mix, so, you know.
'SV Disco,' a nod to the mighty Slum Village, is a chunk of sensually-contorted disco vibes that brings on full party mode instantaneously, with the slinky bass licks and pitch-bent synthesiser recalling Roy Ayres’s blissed-out funk, blended with flute flurries reminiscent of mind Max Cilla’s La Flûte des Mornes.
'Maria' showcases Ed’s roots as sample-based producer, pulling influence from around the globe to create an undulating piece of flute-led Brazilian fusion that fans of Ruby Rushton will find familiar. The eastern-inspired embellishments raise the temperature further, whilst former Yussef Kamaal member Yussef Dayes’ sizzling cymbals and shuffling snare work propel the track onwards, locking down a signature 22a groove.
Latin and African influence can be heard across many of the tracks. 'Togo' is a smokey afrobeat jam that leaves space for Tenderlonious’ flute to soar above, his playing mimicking old school styles you might catch from MF Doom or J Dilla.
'Yussef’s Groove' kicks off with driving drums, and each of the 22archestra enter steadily, fully utilising their virtuosic power, switching between low-slung bass, chic open piano solos and hazy electric piano.
'The Shakedown' exercises more restraint, with Bitches Brew style ambience providing a palpable sense of anticipation and passion, whilst still retaining that stomping, low-riding 70s swing they do so well.
The 22archestra was conceived after Tenderlonious was invited to record at Abbey Road Studios. The whole crew was rounded-up and the album was recorded during a single 8 hour session – a testament to their musicianship and ability to nail a take, which has been honed on stage.
Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne; Flute & Synthesisers
Hamish Balfour; Keys
Fergus Ireland; Bass
Yussef Dayes; Drums
Jeen Bassa; Percussion
Reggie Omas; Percussion