Composer, trumpet player and Mercury Award nominee Laura Jurd is another representative of the latest insanely talented wave of young British musicians. She has recently made stops at all major points of the festival map, from Montreal via Molde to the North Sea Jazz Festival, and now it’s our turn. The five-star Guardian review for her debut, Together, As One, was just an appetiser for what was to come on Wonder Trail, her follow-up: delicate tones, a surfeit of imagination and a host of surprises as jazz meets synth pop and folk via lovingly crafted improvisation. This time, the young dinosaurs will breathe fire, strengthened by the presence of a DG favourite from years gone by, bassist Ruth Goller (Melt Yourself Down, Rokia Traoré).
Laura Jurd, trumpet; Elliott Galvin, piano; Ruth Goller, bass; Corrie Dick, drums
“The difficulty of describing Dinosaur’s music is one of the great things about them: their sound is genuinely new […] There are echoes of earlier British electronica in Dinosaur’s sound, going all the way back to Soft Machine and – more recently – bands like Goldfrapp and Broadcast. But their music has a distinctive style of its own.” LONDON JAZZ NEWS