You Can't Steal My Joy Ezra Collective
- 1Space is the Place (Reprise)02:34
- 2Why You Mad?02:46
- 3Red Whine04:26
- 4Quest For Coin03:56
- 5Reason in Disguise03:41
- 6What Am I to Do?04:04
- 7Chris and Jane03:58
- 8People Saved06:28
- 9Philosopher II03:36
- 10São Paulo03:59
- 11King Of The Jungle03:57
- 12You Can't Steal My Joy04:49
Info for You Can't Steal My Joy
London five-piece Ezra Collective announce their debut album. Can't Steal My Joy is due April 26th, and marks the ensemble's return following the success of their genrebending 2017 EP Juan Pablo: The Philosopher.
Ezra Collective’s incredible musicianship and spirited, inclusive approach to music - which draws on afrobeat, hip-hop, grime and more - has seen them break out beyond the burgeoning UK jazz scene. Their 2017 EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher, won ‘Best Jazz Album’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and the band picked up ‘Best UK Jazz Act’ and ‘Live Experience Of The Year’ at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards. The five young Londoners played Quincey Jones’ birthday party and recently completed a mosh-pit-filled, sold out UK tour (culminating in a packed out 2,400 capacity hometown show), before headlining Winter JazzFest in New York. Ezra Collective’s forthcoming gigs include more US dates, SXSW, plus All Point East festival.
Dylan Jones, trumpet
James Mollison, saxophone
Joe Armon-Jones, keyboards
TJ Koleoso, bass
Femi Koleoso, drums
Synergy in motion, London five-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst simultaneously carving a path solely their own. Ezra Collective marry the delicate technicalities of jazz musicianship with afrobeat and hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London. Their live show is one of dynamic union; the strength of their partnership shines in performances that are commanding yet sensitive, soulful and pertinently groove-laced.
Following a joyous and stunningly cohesive show in May 2016, Boiler Room rightly labelled the group as “pioneering the new-wave of U.K. jazz”. As the genre enjoys a new lease of life that is gaining momentum across the country, Ezra Collective are adding their own fresh and imaginative face to a style that continues to be “as entertaining as it is educational” (Trench). In a year that saw them sell out legendary London venue Ronnie Scott’s not once but twice, 2017 also bought with it the release of their genre-bending second EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher. After Ezra Collective took the EP on a successful tour across the U.K and Europe and completely sold out of the vinyl, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher went on to win the accolade of Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Worldwide Awards in January 2018.
This album contains no booklet.