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    JLR Review: Rebecca Nash & Atlas at the Seabright Arms, November 2019

    The British
    jazz scene is going through an extremely vibrant period right now.  As 2019 draws to a close, there have been
    more new releases by British acts than for some time, facilitated by record
    labels like Whirlwind and Ubuntu who have contributed significantly to this
    trend over the last few years.

    One artist to come to the fore is pianist / keyboardist Rebecca Nash and her group Atlas who released her debut CD in July entitled Peaceful King on Whirlwind records.  Peaceful King straddles many musical forms focusing mainly on jazz with a sprinkling of new age and electronica; an extremely mature and ethereal offering for a debut.  Rebecca recently embarked on a UK wide tour to promote Peaceful King and I was fortunate to catch her album launch at the Seabright Arms in East London in the tail end of November.

    The Seabright
    Arms is an interesting venue; although a pub upstairs there is a vibrant music
    venue downstairs in the basement, with a layout that can only be described as a
    mini version of the 02 Academy in Islington, not what you would expect hidden
    below a typical looking pub! There is no seating, well there wasn’t for this
    gig, so you have to stand the whole way through, or dance if that is your wont.
    This layout is In keeping with a venue perhaps more suited to rock and other
    forms of popular music. And similar to a rock venue, there was a support act
    first up called the Nick Walters quartet, led by trumpet player Nick Walters,
    who also joined Atlas and played in the main performance of the night. 

    The gig featured tracks from Rebecca’s album, starting off with the title track which has an  “ECM” feel, combining jazz with electronics, Sarah Colman provided vocals on Hotwired and Grace, whilst Dreamer contained a haunting trumpet solo by Nick Walters. There was a vibrant and attentive audience including many big figures on the scene, which indicates the esteem in which Rebecca Nash is held. The only downside was the gig was too short!  The band was on stage for exactly one hour but the more important thing to note is how much talent is coming out of Britain right now, and definitely these artists deserve as much airplay as possible.

    Atlas
    comprises:

    Rebecca Nash:
    Piano / Keyboards

    Thomas
    Seminar Ford: Guitar

    Chris Mapp:
    Bass

    Matt Fisher:
    Drums

    Sara Coleman:
    Keyboards

    Nick Walters:
    Trumpet

    Nicholas Malcolm: Trumpet

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