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  • Writer's pictureKristine England



With a moniker like Tenderlonious, you’re sure to raise some eyebrows. The London saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader connects his exploration of jazz with genres like electronica, hip-hop, and afrobeat to create a compelling soundscape.

The frontman for Ruby Rushton, Ed Cawthorne as he is also known, is also co-founder of the indie collective, 22a Music. He recorded three albums with Ruby Rushton, Two For Joy in 2015 and Trudi's Songbook: Volumes One and Two in 2017.

This year brings The Shakedown, the debut of Tenderlonious’ new group, The 22archestra. Handling Bansari flute and synth duty, he and his bandmates (Hamish Balfour on keyboards, bassist Keys.Fergus Ireland, Yussef Dayes on drums and percussion by Jeen Bassa, Reggie Omas and Konrad) have created a recording that Clash Music proclaims is “an exhibition in how to focus the creative currents rippling through London’s jazz scene into something whole.”

Rhythm Passport was impressed. Marveling that The Shakedown was “ laid down in just eight hours, places the record in the same frame of reference as the great hard bop and fusion records, recorded under similar circumstances throughout the sixties and early seventies.” Such a recording process is almost unheard of in the modern era, and it reveals a great deal about the character, talent, and intensity of this band. Tenderlonious is definitely one to watch, closely.



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