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HRD010 | 2023-09-08  
Bristol's soul jazz kings The Jazz Defenders drop a new single on September 8th as a taster for their third album destined for release in spring 2024. "Rolling On A High" sees them reunited with London MC/rapper Doc Brown who they first collaborated with on "Perfectly Imperfect" from their 2022 album "King Phoenix" released on Haggis Records. Doc slots right into the tune as if he's a 6th member of the band and not a guest artist. It's a real old school boom bap style party hip-hop jam. Big beats, rolling bassline (acoustic double bass), Ramsey Lewis soul jazz piano vamps, funky Hammond organ and some punchy horn section business, all topped off with Doc Brown bouncing bars back and forth with that laid back vibe he always brings to the mic. Proof that the love affair between jazz, soul and hip-hop still exists and is strong with this band and MC. A guaranteed dance-floor bomb, whether you're a breaker, a jazz dancer or simply a Saturday night disco shuffler. Check it out and stay tuned for the album.
The Jazz Defenders, led by keyboard maestro George Cooper from The Haggis Horns, have been building a reputation as a great musical unit since their debut Blue Note/hard bop-inspired album "Scheming" appeared on Haggis Records back in 2019, which received a huge amount of praise from critics, and subsequently went on to spend 5 weeks in the top ten of the American jazz charts. In 2021, their double A-side vinyl single "The Big Man/Love's Vestige" got them the breakthrough they deserved. It garnered heavy support on radio from top folks like Craig Charles (BBC6 Music), Helen Mayhew (Jazz FM), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), and Worldwide FM resident DJ's Ashley Beedle and Colin Curtis. They further enhanced their reputation as a rocking band with album number two "King Phoenix" and by electrifying audiences at sold out live shows across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London.

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