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Joe Armon-Jones

UK

Mind-expanding jazz pianist

Among the exceedingly fertile brigade of London’s young jazz talent, Joe Armon-Jones certainly stands out, not least because of his shoulder-length mane. But this keys player cuts a distinctive figure because of the depth of imagination he puts into his art. A founder member of the nu-jazz quintet Ezra Collective, his open ears are what define him, earning his comparisons a-plenty with Herbie Hancock in the process. This is a man with energy, rhythm andfire in his bones, someone eager to expand the landscape of the jazz pianist by dropping dub, hip-hop and funk into the brew. Signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, Joe’srecords are expansive and mind-expanding affairs, where his intuition allows his collaborators to express themselves. “It’s not discussed or spoken about,” he told the NME. “I just let the musicians do their thing.