Loz Speyer's Time Zone | Mood Swings

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Mood Swings

by Loz Speyer's Time Zone

Time Zone plays a "deep fusion" of Cuban music and Jazz - soulful, catchy and rhythmically provocative - and really takes the audience on a journey of the heart.
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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Loz Speyer's Time Zone announces release of the new digital single Mood Swings on 3rd June, from the forthcoming Spherical Records album Clave Sin Embargo, the band’s third album, release date 2nd October 2019.

Mood Swings is a piece of music with an extraordinary story to tell, and according to UK trumpeter Loz Speyer, was the reason he formed Time Zone in the first place. The act of composing it spanned several years during which his family life swung between the far removed worlds of Cuba and London – and between Cuban “Inmigración” and the Home Office, all the way from first visa refusal to “Indefinite Leave to Remain”…

The rhythmic swing of Mood Swings is that of Santiago de Cuba: “heartland of Son, capital del Oriente, where time moves S – L – O – W ”, says a sleeve note in the debut Time Zone album where the piece first appears (reviewed as above by Kevin Legendre). Parts of the present arrangement were written later, but still, that first recording captured a deep impression: a friend who had moved to London from Santiago once confided that this was the music she would listen to when she missed her home city.

Musically, Mood Swings combines elements of the Son tradicionál native to Santiago de Cuba with a post-Bop contemporary East London sound: a typical Cuban trés line is strung over a clave, that is cut to fit a spikey 11-beat bass line and trumpet lick… which suddenly gathers weight and veers off in another direction with a groove suspended in space…

With a swing that spans the five time zones between London and Cuba, Mood Swings captures something of the bitter-sweet taste of daily life in the tropical Communist island, where nothing is simple, and everything has at least two meanings; and the wry sense of humour with which its inhabitants find the resilience to survive.

Improvisation and interaction are the key! - as shown by this fantastic line-up: Loz Speyer (trumpet/flugelhorn), Martin Hathaway (alto sax/bass clarinet), Stuart Hall (guitar), Dave Manington (bass), Andy Ball (drums), Maurizio Ravalico (congas). The group draws on a range of experience that taken collectively includes work with: Mike Westbrook, Django Bates, Jesus Alemani, Hermeto Pascoal, Clifford Jarvis, Gwilym Simcock, Ian Bellamy, Roberto Pla, Kenny Wheeler, Jamiroquai, Radiohead, Yann Tiersen and Tim Berne…



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