South London based keyboardist; Joe Armon-Jones solo debut album has been a long time coming for the artist. A key player in London’s exciting jazz music scene, having already released two EPs as part of the Ezra collective which were released earlier this year and towards end of last year. Plus, the added features on several tracks and a co-produced album with Maxwell Orwin, it was only matter of time for this solo album
Joe Armon teased us prior to the release with the outstandingly exciting track ‘Starting Today’, which kicks off steadily with the persistent quick tempo bassline rift and kick seemingly taking inspiration from dance music’s’ repetition, which easily grabs your attention. Joe slightly reverbed radiating keyboard blissfully glides over the backing bassline and kick, along with Ashebar empowering lyrics also blessing the track throughout. Joe Armon debut album is a continuation of the elevating jazz he has been a part of in London. However, there’s also a great blend of dub and hip hip influence in the album, with tracks such ‘Mollison Dub’ and ‘Ragify’, which overall highlight Joe Armons’s other interests outside the core focus of jazz. This is a defining opening album from Joe who aiming to carve his sound with jazz at it’s core along with influences from dub, reggae and hip hop.