MOJA, a band led by saxophonist Gary Reader present their new album ‘Journey of a Lifetime’, which was released on 31st March.
East Midlands based, they are part of a growing UK jazz scene outside of London. Their music, composed mostly by Gary, is heavily influenced by the great recordings on the Impulse label in the late 60s, by the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and Chico Hamilton, as well as late 60s/early 70s Miles, paying homage to ‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘On the Corner’.
Emphasis is on rhythm and melody with some cosmic excursions, on the back of highly accomplished musicianship. They mix moments of intensity with other moments of joyful exuberance. Should be an entertaining evening.