The debut full-length album by Britain's Nérija, 2019's Blume, features the female-led jazz ensemble on a set of original tunes that showcases their earthy brand of modern jazz. Together since 2016, Nérija was initially formed while the members were students in the London jazz initiative Tomorrow's Warriors. Included are trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Rosie Turton, saxophonists Cassie Kinoshi and Nubya Garcia, guitarist Shirley Tetteh, drummer Lizy Exell, and the band's sole male member, bassist Rio Kai.
The loud and energetic septet Nérija is just the latest formidable voice to emerge from London's jazz scene. In the last few years, the city has produced some of the most vital players in improvised music, including drummer Moses Boyd, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, and tuba player Theon Cross, all of whom draw on influences as disparate as grime and Afrobeat. Now, Nérija has entered the discussion with Blume, a collection of earthy, atmospheric, and danceable tracks.