This Friday we are gonna switch it up to some Jazz from The Greg Foat Group. Following up his acclaimed 2011 record Dark is the Sun, Foat has released a gem of an atmospheric, Space Jazz type of record in Girl and Robot with Flowers. The background to this journey is no doubt science fiction, and British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat dons his spacesuit for some intergalactic travel. Using everything from Moog synthesizers to kettle drums to brass bands and more, Foat lets you travel with him way above our earth to unleash some powerful, even cinematic music for another solar system. No stranger to good music, he has collaborated with Questlove of the Roots, The Black Lips, the Bees and electro sensation Justice and (of course) has caught the ear of Gilles Peterson, who we all know has impeccable taste in music. Recorded in the same studio as Dark is the Sun in Sweden, which was pure analog I might add, Foat definitely captures that warm, full, dynamic sound on all these instruments used. He recorded straight to tape, preserving the high quality of the sound that just isn’t possible in today’s digital world. This whole record is equally great on a Friday morning getting ready to travel to work as it is on a lazy Sunday reading the paper, drinking coffee or after a late night jaunt out. Space Jazz is for all of you. Let the Greg Foat Group blast off to the nether regions of our galaxy and take you with him.
Here’s a preview of the album courtesy of Jazzman Records:
Buy the record here.