Ambient Jazz Ensemble share new single 'Locked' ahead of upcoming 'London Fields' due out July 8th


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Ambient Jazz Ensembleshare the second single to be taken from their upcoming album London Fields due out July 8th via Here & Now Recordings. New single ‘Locked’ was written about coming to terms with the breakdown of a relationship and features ‘Exploring Birdsong’ singer Lynsey Ward. Inspired by Tony Robert-Fleury’s 1891 painting ‘Alix Appearing in Mask’ “I wanted the apparition in the painting to personify the relationship and to describe its ghost beckoning and tempting us back to it, despite our acceptance that it is doomed” adds Baldry.

AJE is the passion project of acclaimed composer, writer and producer Colin Baldry. Baldry’s previous works can be found on a vast and impressive string of iconic labels such as RCA, Geffen, Motown, Virgin & Capitol Records, whilst arranging and conducting The BBC Concert Orchestra and The City Of Prague Philharmonic. Whilst his other works sit across cinematic compositions, Ambient Jazz Ensemble sets to tell a story, painting a scene as opposed to accompanying one, through ambient electronic, contemporary / nu-jazz and experimental and has received support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Mojo, Hospital Records and Cafe Del Mar.

The project has a has a melting pot of influences from the likes of Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man, Marlena Shaw’s California Soul, Curtis Mayfield, Minnie Ripperton, early Weather Report records and Bacharach recordings; it adopts a atmospheric palette of sounds utilising strings, brass, wind & rhythm section and despite having a jazz ensemble at the heart of it all, the music owes much to orchestral and electronic influences.

The forthcoming album London Fields conjures Baldry’s own relationship with London, refalling in love with the capital after moving away from the city after living and working there for over twenty years “I've been walking the streets, rediscovering it’s parks, canals, the architecture, the river, plus experiencing new music in London is always a joy”. The album’s concept stemmed from both Baldry’s favorite fiction novel London Fields by Martin Amis as well as his time spent in London Fields, when recording keyboards for the album's predecessor Aura, recorded at Sam Crowe’s studio in Hackney, Baldry adds “The 'London Fields’ have recaptured my imagination”.

The album features saxophonist Ollie Weston, Exploring Birdsong’s Lynsey Ward on vocals, Sam Crowe on piano / rhodes as well Baldry’s own son Sam on drums. Having the luxury of time to experiment, London Fields maintains Ambient Jazz Ensemble’s DNA, keeping its signature sound in terms of the compositional ideas, instrumentation and cinematic approach whilst blending their usual ethnic tuned percussion into ambient soundscapes in a much more orchestral nature. London Fields is an anticipating, cinematic and ambient capturing of a still city where there is “electricity in the air”, a place that is terrifying and exciting in equal measures, drawing on its erratic nature of city life and the juxtaposition between the urban pace and awe inspiring beauty that exists in pockets all over London. My very definition of ‘London Fields” Baldry concludes.

Ambient Jazz Ensembe London Fields (RD: July 8th via Here & Now Recordings)

1. Signature 2. Locked 3. Standing On The Edge Of The World 4. Ensoul 5. Into The Unknown 6. Lights Go Down 7. London Fields 8. When The Dust Settles