‘Together, As One’ is the third album as a leader from British award-winning trumpet player, composer and band-leader Laura Jurd and her debut with newly named band Dinosaur. Featuring Laura’s regular collaborators, friends and creative cohort Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick, ‘Together, As One’ is a coherently powerful and bold album that not only confirms her promise as one of the most important young musicians to emerge from the UK jazz scene in recent years but is also a statement that will launch her music into the international jazz world stratosphere.
Laura Jurd’s rise has already been nothing short of meteoric since she first burst onto the highly creative London scene in 2010. Very quickly she made a bold statement, releasing two highly acclaimed albums, and was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist. With her undeniably unique, creative and joyous spirit and approach to music making, she has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young improvising musicians to emerge from the UK.
With more than six years of immersing themselves in music creation the members of this vibrant and imaginative band have developed a deep understanding and almost telepathic communication in delivering Laura’s playful, edgy compositions. Adjusting the focus to include electronic instruments (electric bass, fender rhodes and synths) the music adopts a fiery and edgy sound reminiscent of later Miles Davis albums. Seamlessly switching between synth and trumpet, Jurd effortlessly commands and leads the band through eight eclectic and compelling originals.
‘Together, As One’ is a highly personal album, as Laura explains: “Having worked together as a band over the past six years, we have produced a record that is a testament to our close friendship, the time we’ve spent developing a cohesive sound and our passion and dedication to the art. Regularly working with Elliot, Conor and Corrie in a live and studio setting is always inspiring and has enabled the compositions to take on a life of their own. The process continues to be a natural and joyous experience and we’re looking forward to whatever the future has in store.”
Having played regularly throughout the UK and Europe including performances at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz Sur Son 31 in Toulouse, 12 Points in Dublin and Jazzahead in Bremen, Dinosaur are primed to launch a glowing international career, following in the footsteps of the likes of Polar Bear and Phronesis.