Having released his debut album 'Don't You Worry 'Bout That' on his own label to great critical acclaim, charismatic Bristol based altoist James Morton is a fast rising jazz star who has already worked with a wide range of artists including Raphael Saadiq, Kasabian, Billy Cobham and Jazz Jamaica and Andy Sheppard.
Leading from the font on alto sax James' latest creation, Porkchop is a collection of the impressive Dan 'Pinstripe' Moore (Hammond organ), Ian Matthews (drums) and Denny Ilett (guitar). Funk, soul-jazz, and gospel are all influences that inform the concept. The intention on this album James says "is to eliminate the introspective and self-indulgent elements that some 'jazz' music can often adhere to, and bring the music back to the people......and jazz back to the dancefloor".
James' forthcoming album builds on the concept of the first album and and features The Easy Access Horns (The Herbaliser), Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard and Alex Johanson (vocals). This is sure to be another dancefloor filler.
Photos by Denis Hurtaud
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (The Guardian)
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (The Jazz Man ****)
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (Mojo ****)
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (The Independent)
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (Venue magazine *****)
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (The List)
- Don't You Worry Bout That - (Blues and Soul.com 8/10)