London-based soul/jazz ensemble Teotima play a fruity concoction of West African, Brasillian and Cuban grooves, captivating jazz harmony, engaging interactive improvisation and songwriting with a deep narrative pull.
They join us to launch their second, recorded as-live to tape LP Weightless, which celebrates friendship, creativity, love, meditation, progress, and the work of being happy. Across the seven tracks, Greg Sanders and co. hopscotch across the Atlantic paying homage to the African continent, Brazil, the Caribbean, USA and London. Each step bursts with a refreshing originality; from the East African, Chakacha rhythm of album opener ‘Suddenly’ through the warped samba of ‘If Every If’ and out via Gil Evans-like orchestration-come-heavy steppaz reggae of ‘From A Distance’ and ode to South African township jazz ‘To Friends’.
Weightless sees the band return to First Word Records, six years after debut album Counting The Ways, off the back of Teotima members making waves with their own projects as leaders, as well as playing with contemporaries such as James Blake, Jordan Rakei, Waaju, Riot Jazz and more.
Watch them perform live at Pizza Express Soho in Oct 2017 here: https://vimeo.com/267145671
- Drumkit - Ben Assiter
- Percussion - Ernesto Marichales
- Bass - Sara Farina
- Piano - Maria Chiara Argiró
- Guitar - Greg Sanders
- Trombone - Kieran McLeod
- Tenor Sax - Sam Rapley
- Voice - Ellie Rusbridge