Tenderlonious has been a pivotal figure within the UK’s jazz music scene for a long while, and since launching his own label 22a, his commendable work to continually push jazz even when it wasn’t as popular as it is now in the UK is admirable. The Ruby Ruston experiment involves Edward Cawthrone (Tenderlonious), Nick Walters, Aidan Shepherd, and Tim Carnegie. The group have already received praise from various music publications and tastemakers within the jazz scene, with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Bradley Zero, Jazz FM, BBC Radio 6 Music, Worldwide FM, NTS to name a few.
As their new release through the jazz-centric label 22a draws near, the group have dropped the first single from the EP titled; ‘Eleven Grapes’. The track builds patiently between the piano and flute which wonderfully evolves to a crescendo of instruments. It then unravels into a wistful upbeat soundscape, with classical instruments such as the trumpet, flute and piano cohesively working with each other. Edward Cawthrone’s flute steals the show as its poignant high-pitched tones takeover in the early stages of the track, leaving the latter for Nick Walters’ trumpet. An incredibly exciting track, the full release is set for the 22nd of February.
Have a listen below: