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Clave Sin Embargo

by Loz Speyer's Time Zone

An innovative "deep fusion" of Cuban music and Jazz - soulful, catchy and rhythmically provocative! Cuban counterpoint translated into an improvisational jazz context with changes of groove, odd time signatures and all kinds of shenanigans going on...
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2. Mood Swings
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3. Lost at Sea
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4. Full Circle
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5. Checkpoint Charlie
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6. Guarapachanguero
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7. Crossing the Line
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Album Notes
Loz Speyer's Time Zone announce the release of their new album Clave Sin Embargo on 2nd October 2019 on Spherical Records (both CD and digital, CDs available via Bandcamp); and hosts the London album launch at the Vortex Jazz Club on Weds 16th October, followed by national touring.

The third Time Zone album, Clave Sin Embargo is a deep fusion of Cuban music and Jazz - soulful, catchy and rhythmically provocative. Speyer’s Cuban-Jazz crossover grew out of the collision of Cuban culture with his own when, during 2000-09, the London based trumpeter spent a total of over a year in Santiago de Cuba, studying Afro-Cuban music, working with Son bands, collaborating with Cuban musicians - and starting his own Anglo-Cuban family. His compositions took a similarly unexpected turn, and back in the UK he began touring and recording them with Time Zone.

The band’s current line-up came together in 2012, and features ebullient saxophonist Martin Hathaway, maverick guitarist Stuart Hall, conga maestro Maurizio Ravalico, bassist Dave Manington and drummer Andy Ball. Drawing on a great breadth of individual musical experience to interpret Speyer’s bilingual, bi-cultural compositions, their interaction is the key to this intense, joyful and highly rhythmic music.

Speyer’s sleeve notes for Clave Sin Embargo reference global instability and migration – though without mention of his daughter’s long-distance connection with family in Cuba, or his own ancestors’ migrations. Lost At Sea connects with stories of people braving danger to seek refuge, evoking both the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and the perilous sea crossing from Cuba to the US; while Checkpoint Charlie is a cheerful take on the Iron Curtain and possible ways through it, still a live issue in 21st Century Cuba. Musically Time Zone has the sound and feel of Cuba - but as a Cuban friend once said, perhaps of the air above Cuba, easily able to fly elsewhere - in contrast to the home-grown music which is rooted in the soil.

Since forming as a touring group in 2003, Time Zone has released two previous albums (Loz Speyer's TIME ZONE, 2004 and Crossing the Line, 2011), and has toured across the UK with performances at Lancaster, Lichfield, Scarborough and Manchester Jazz Festivals, as well as a residency at London's Ronnie Scotts. Individually the band members draw on a huge range of experience - their combined credits include work with Django Bates, Radiohead, Mike Westbrook, Loose Tubes, Jesus Alemani, Tim Berne, Hermeto Pascoal, Ian Bellamy, Roberto Pla, Kenny Wheeler, Gwilym Simcock, Stan Sulzmann, Dennis Rollins, James Taylor Quartet, Jamiroquai, Clifford Jarvis, Orquesta Chepín-Chovén and Yann Tiersen.



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