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Jazz Revelations editor Ally J Steel on These Days by Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst...

Having been taught by the legendary Dave Holland, it should come as no surprise that bassist Daniel Casimir has stamped his mark onto the UK jazz scene. The former Birmingham Conservatoire student has performed with contemporary heroes like Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry and Camilla George, as well as veterans including Art Blakey saxophonist Jean Toussaint, Julian Joseph and Lonnie Liston Smith.

Following on from his 2017 EP Escapee, the award-winning bassist and composer has once again teamed up with Tess Hirst for their debut album. Fittingly, These Days is released on a label with a rep for uncovering the groundbreakers of the genre, Jazz Refreshed.

Beautifully merging neo-soul with more traditional jazz, These Days sees the pair touch upon political and cultural subjects, exploring themes of misogyny, liberty and societal injustice in London. Flowing with thoughtful lyricism, the album showcases Hirst’s silky vocals gliding over Casimir’s lively and dynamic bass. It’s a bold, exciting and explorative groove-filled record, which sits proudly within the UK scene. A mighty fine debut, from a pair whose energy flows freely.

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