London based pianist, composer, arranger and producer Janette Mason has launched a new trio,
Red Alert, inspired by her passionate belief that jazz needs to constantly evolve to attract a younger, more diverse audience.
Janette's unique contemporary jazz compositions, drawing on her wide-ranging influences (from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp), combine interesting timescapes and strong grooves with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Her vision is brought to life by the explosive combination of George Hart on drums and Tom Mason on Bass and is a direct musical response to the political and social challenges now facing us all - hence the name Red Alert.
Janette's powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with the keyboards to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought provoking.
Janette was nominated for a Parliamentary jazz award for her second trio album Alien Left Hand and she reached the Grammy ballot for The Live Smoke Sessions with Lea DeLaria for which she took on the dual roles of arranger and producer. Her music has been described as similar to E.S.T and The Bad Plus.
She has performed internationally at The Rochester and Atlanta Jazz Festivals with Ian Shaw, toured extensively throughout Europe with Soupsongs, the music of Robert Wyatt and been a frequent visitor to Japan with the band Workshy.
"Infectious grooving, clever composing and audacious improvisation…One of the best"
John Fordham The Guardian
Red Alert CD release - Dot Time Records - March 16, 2018
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