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Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British-born jazz legend
For his latest project, Black Notes from the Deep (Freestyle Records), Pine collaborates with UK soul star Omar and makes a return to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. Omar’s hit single There’s Nothing Like This established a truly unique and instantly recognisable ‘signature’ sound that has since earned him widespread critical acclaim and seen him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone. This very special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.
‘Pierced through with soul & sharp intelligence – the jazz warrior has stiffened his tenor sinews and summoned the blood’ Jazzwise
‘In a Class of His’ The Times
‘Pine shows off his impeccable jazz’ ★★★★ MOJO Magazine
In the 80s, Courtney Pine was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted the top 40 and since then he’s had numerous BBC Jazz Awards, MOBOs, a Mercury Music Prize nomination and remained at the forefront of UK jazz with a contemporary jazz style that integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean.