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- In 2009, London based trio, TROYKA, featuring Chris Montague (guitars), Kit Downes (organ) and Joshua Blackmore (drums) released one of the most revered and highly acclaimed albums of the year, pushing them to the forefront of the British Jazz Scene. With performances throughout the UK including some of the most prestigious festivals (London, Glasgow and Cheltenham), TROYKA emerged as the band everyone was talking about. Just about. Just over two years down the line, TROYKA have recorded ‘Moxxy’, a sensational second album, and one that will send shockwaves throughout the European Jazz scene.
‘Moxxy’ is dynamic, bold and demands your attention from start to finish with a maturity attached usually only evident in fourth or fifth albums. Fuelled by textural guitar loops, angular riffs and displaced drum grooves, TROYKA have distilled their unique genre bending live act into a compelling listening experience. Perhaps it’s the trio’s trademark bite combined with an evocative lyricism that is most distinctive in their collective approach on this album. This music is utterly absorbing, shocking and charismatic.
Since their remarkable debut, TROYKA have developed a large and prolific fanbase. In May 2011, highly impressed with their approach to music making, the legendary composer Django Bates wrote a set of music around the trio which was commissioned by Cheltenham Jazz Festivals and broadcast on Radio 3. In early 2012 Troyka also expanded to form Troyk-estra, a collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music big band which performed at the Jazzwise 15th anniversary festival at Ronnie Scotts in March.
However, it’s as a trio where this music really ignites. With ‘Moxxy’ TROYKA are incendiary. Sit back, turn it up and listen. This will blow your mind!
CHRIS MONTAGUE guitars, loops
KIT DOWNES organ, fender rhodes & piano
JOSHUA BLACKMORE drums
- 1 CD
release date. 2012-06-11