Glaswegian musician, producer, DJ and curator Rebecca Vasmant announces her debut LP ‘With Love, From Glasgow’, showcasing the breadth of the incredible Jazz talent the city has to offer. Having made a name for herself with a residency at Sub Club, Rebecca took the lead in curating the first live Jazz showcases at the venue, also running a popular record fair with the venerable venue and a spot on BBC Radio Scotland and Worldwide FM. Rebecca also airs this facet of her irrepressible musical passion at key events like Worldwide Festival Sete, Glasgow Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Jazz Cafe London, Kasheme Zurich, Brilliant Corners, Casper Montenegro and the Baltic Soul Weekender, and a new residency at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the ‘Panro’ collective.
While promoting and touring in over 22 countries constantly over the last five years, Rebecca has honed her craft on production projects which feature world class musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and more, her talents are not only in spinning records, but in composing, producing and performing. Though known for its rich musical heritage, Glasgow is not a city perhaps synonymous with Jazz. However, on ‘With Love, From Glasgow’ this is all about to change, as Rebecca and her cohort of hand picked musicians set out to change people’s opinions. Rebecca explains: “There is such crazy wealth of talent in this city of Glasgow and I wanted to make an album that helped to demonstrate this and which captures my own love and passion for deep and spiritual music.
Check out the sublime album opener ‘Start of Time‘
This album highlights just some of the exciting things that are happening here in Scotland and it’s been a real honor and pleasure working with the hugely talented musicians who came together to collaborate in such a free and beautiful way. During the time spent working on this music an amazing family formed, something for which I am so grateful.” The tracks are very personal to me. They tell stories of life, of the thoughts that exist inside my head. I hope they resonate with those who hear them. The record is a jigsaw that brought us together as the catalyst in forming so many lifelong friendships.” Through the ethereal, floating textures of LP opener ‘Start Of Time’ via the the uptempo beats and horns of first single ‘Jewels Of Thought’, and the sombre, reflective sonics of tracks such as ‘Morning Mourning’, ‘From Glasgow, With Love’ is a textured, emotive and calming listen from start to finish. A crucial insight into the modern day sounds of a city which has already contributed so much to music culture. “Without musicians, there would be no music, and without friendships there would be no life. From Glasgow, with love.. Rebecca Vasmant”
Verdict: From start to finish a hazy floating jazz cloud ride, a bringing together of a wonderful collection of talented musicians, who create a lush world for Rebecca Vasmants beautiful vocal work to explore and weave their magic within. The quality of musicianship is wonderful, each artist contributing that perfect ingredient to the blend and culminating in an album that, I can best describe, as a mellow sun rise, moving up, higher and higher into the morning sky. I guess you’ll just have to check it out to know what I’m talking about. Divine.
Vinyl Track List:
- Start Of Time
- Timings End
- Jewels of Thought
- Autumn Leaves
- Morning (Mourning)
- Pride of Winter
- Internal Dispute
- Idealists (Outro)
Recorded, and mixed at Stanmore Road, Glasgow by Rebecca Vasmant Mastering : Nick Moore at Athens Of The North HQ,
2021, Rebecca’s Records