Anorak More Jazz
"Over the past 20 years my music has been described variously as 'eclectic, contemporary and English'- certainly not as 'retro, straight-ahead or in the American style'. So what marks this return to the 'classic' jazz format with 'More Jazz'? Although my true 'jazz roots' have never been too deeply concealed, some aficionados might argue that much of my past output is not strictly 'jazz'. Who decides the criteria, I wonder, by which jazz can be deemed authentic? Regardless of the argument or the answer, it felt like the right time to look both backwards and forwards at the same time and to create 'a modern jazz record with traditional sensibilities. By re-working classics such as 'All the Things You Are', 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Stella By Starlight', I'm striving to create a bridge between jazz past and present. I Re-invention is in the true tradition of jazz - the forward momentum that has always kept the music evolving and sounding 'of it's own time'." Iain Ballamy.