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Premiere: corto.alto – Mayday

corto.alto mix jazz and hip hop vibes through a Latin and sound system culture filter – they were a highlight of We Out Here festival, having been hand-picked by Gilles Peterson to play.

Their debut mini-album is called Not For Now – the crew is led by Glasgow trombonist, producer and composer Liam Shortall. The mini-album follows a string of DIY self releases and videos since May 2019, a collection of music collected as a sold-out vinyl EP on Worm Discs.

corto-alto were awarded Best Band and Best Album for that at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2020.

Below, we premiere Mayday, taken from the vinyl EP which is pre-orderable now on Bandcamp.  The track combines humour with a sinister groove, amplified by Gyan Panesar’s ‘demonic’ bass clarinet.

According to Shortall, the song exemplifies his ethos for the project that nothing should “ever be taken too seriously. We are all going to die, and most things are pointless”. 

Upcoming tour dates for corto.alto:

Nov 13th – Glasgow @ Great Western Festival

Nov 27th – Newton Stewart @The Vault Arts Centre

Nov 29th – Edinburgh @Voodoo Rooms

Dec 3rd – Dundee @Church

Dec 5th – Leeds @Hi-Fi Club

Dec 7th – Falmouth @Cornish Bank

Dec 8th – Birmingham @The Hare & Hound

Dec 9th – Manchester @Ramona

Dec 10th – Huddersfield @Palm Springs

Dec 11th – Bristol @The Jam Jar

Dec 12th – Newcastle @The Cluny

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