Dom Franks' StrayHorn | Native Tongues

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Native Tongues

by Dom Franks' StrayHorn

Lyrical, blues-soaked post-bop saxophonist Dom Franks leads a set of groove-driven but melodic contemporary jazz featuring UK keyboard star Alex Steele, double bassist Will Harris and dynamic young jazz / rock drummer Matthew Jones (of Phantom Limb fame).
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Strays' Ways intro
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2:50 album only
2. Soweto Takedown
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3. In Native Tongues
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4. Song for Emma
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5. Paris Trance
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6. Strays' Ways outro
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7. Cougar's Claw
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StrayHorn quartet was formed in 2010 to play the original groove-driven compositions of Cheltenham-based saxophonist Dom Franks, a former winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician competition. The band honed its sound through appearances around the West - notably at the Cheltenham and Stroud Jazz Festivals - into a lean, but melodic take on contemporary jazz. StrayHorn’s sound is built from the supple Afro-tinged rhythms of young Bristol-based drummer Matthew Jones (Phantom Limb), supplemented by acoustic bassist Will Harris and Cheltenham piano powerhouse Alex Steele. With stylistic influences including Kenny Garret’s energetic post-bop, the harmonic language of British pastoral composers and the African drumming of the Parisian Goutte-d’Or, where Dom lived for a time, StrayHorn’s sound is modern, but accessible jazz, with melodies that linger.

Dom Franks - alto and soprano saxophones
Alex Steele - piano
Will Harris - acoustic bass
Matthew Jones - drums


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Amazing album, Amazing musicians, Amazing jazz!
A great album, with a great variety of jazz styles, some of the best improvisation ive heard and catchy melodies which can not help but stimulate you to get your instrument to play along! Whether you are intensely listening or just listening to it in the background its perfect.