Greg Cordez

The stunning bassist and composer plays a special one-off show celebrating the release of his new album 'Last Things Last' - presented by Ear Trumpet Music

19th Feb
8pm | £10 adv. (includes a free CD)

Ear Trumpet Music presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

“The themes are melodic, memorable, and often beautiful, but there’s an intelligent, exploratory side to the music that ensures that it transcends mere ‘prettiness’.”
The Jazz Mann

Bassist & composer Greg Cordez comes to The Wardrobe Theatre to play a one-off show celebrating the release of ‘Last Things Last’, his second album and follow up to the acclaimed ‘Paper Crane’. Greg will be joined by local musicians Jake McMurchie – Saxophones, Pete Judge – Trumpet, Steve Banks – Guitar and Matt Brownn – Drums. Bristol-based songwriter and producer Harvey Causon will also be providing an intimate opening set of songs featuring soft, glitching electronica, a deft take on contemporary R&B, and reeled by his rich vocals, that sound far more world wearied than his 19 years.

‘Last Things Last’ explores the themes of coincidence, optimism and the slow dissolution of a personal relationship. ‘Cherry vs Des Moines’ take a distant and dispassionate view of the landmark court case between the Cherry Sisters (widely regarded to amongst the worst musical acts of all time) and the Iowa Supreme Court. ‘Figlock’ pays tribute to street cleaner Joseph Figlock, who had the misfortune to break the fall of two babies, on separate occasions, falling from the tower block in which he swept. The title track tells the story of a person in a state of flux over the durability of a relationship and whether to commit to the decision to begin the process of disentanglement. ‘Low Winter Sun’ was named after the beautiful vistas and winter light observed during late night and early morning walks around Brooklyn and the West Village. ‘Clementine’ is a tribute to a high school crush and ‘All That Is’ an exploration of fatherhood and lake swimming.

Influenced by the work of Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose and Charlie Haden, Cordez also further explores the music of Paul Motion, Mogwai, Ethiopiques and Gram Parsons to create a diverse and contemporary soundscape in which both the music and musicians explore space, timbre, melody, and dynamic shape. “With each day that passes, it appears to me the distance between elation and the desolate narrows and the sense is that these two themes run concurrently, says Cordez. “As best I could I wanted to represent this in both the music and in the album artwork.” The beautiful performances of Cordez’s band and the contributions of producer Ben Allison make for a heartfelt, fragile and elegiac sophomore album release.

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