Multi instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British-born Jazz giant. In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted the top 40 and since then he’s had numerous BBC Jazz Awards, MOBO’s, a Mercury Music Prize nomination and remained at the forefront of UK jazz, with a contemporary jazz style that integrates modern British sounds like drum n bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep rooted influences from across the Caribbean.
With ‘Black Notes from the Deep’ (Freestyle Records) he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade and features the vocal talents of UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ established a truly unique and instantly recognisable ‘signature’ sound that has since earned him widespread critical acclaim and seen him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone. This very special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.
“There have been many pioneers in the black British community – people who have defined an era, changed societal perceptions and made it easier for those who follow to progress in their field. Courtney Pine is such a trailblazer” - The Voice
“In a Class of His Own” - The Times
“Courtney Pine was one hailed as the saviour of British Jazz...he still is” - The Independent
“Nothing short of breath-taking” - The Telegraph
"Pierced through with soul & sharp intelligence - the jazz warrior has stiffened his tenor sinews and summoned the blood" - Jazzwise
"Pine shows off his impeccable jazz credentials - 4 stars" - MOJO
"Shows why he’s still top dog" - The Observer
Robert Mitchell – Piano/Organ Robert Fordjour – Drums Vidal Montgomery – Bass Courtney Pine – Tenor Saxophone/EWI Omar Lye-Fook – Vocals
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