Newly formed jazz-prog-folk group Solstice are set to release their debut album, Alimentation, on Two Rivers Records on 9 December – with a live launch at Dalston's Vortex Jazz Club on 7 December. Comprised of some of the UK's leading jazz musicians the group features singer Brigitte Beraha, guitarist Jez Franks, pianist John Turville, saxophonist/flautist Tori Freestone, bassist Dave Manington and drummer George Hart. With playful titles such as the intriguingly titled lead single 'Ultimate Big Cheese' and 'Avocado Deficit', the album mixes with sophisticated yet accessible melodically-led originals which the band will be playing on their extensive 2017 spring/summer tour.
Dates are: Vortex, London (Dec 7, album launch); RWCMD Cardiff, Wales (27 Jan + workshop); Hidden Rooms, Cambridge (30 Mar); Red Lion, Birmingham (31 Mar, + workshop) Ambleside, Zefferillis (1 Apr); The Fleece, Suffolk (7 Apr); The Stables, Wavendon (2 May); Bonington Theatre, Notts (28 May); Arts Centre, Colchester (4 June); Repton School, Derby (7 June); Broomhill Arts Centre, Devon (8 June); Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset (9 June); Calstock Arts Centre, Cornwall (10 June); Ashburton Chapel Arts, Devon (11 June); Treriefe House, Penzance (12 June); St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall (13 June); Leicester Jazz, Leicester (15 June) and Worksop College, Notts (21 June).
– Mike Flynn
For more info visit tworiversrecords.bandcamp.com/album/alimentation