Laura Jurd – The Big Friendly Album


"If it is possible to smile while playing the cornet, one senses Jurd would have been doing so, broadly, while recording The Big Friendly Album. In that regard, she is rather like another unassuming innovator, the great pianist and composer Horace Silver, who in the 1960s challenged the growing orthodoxy that jazz was Serious Business and needed to be performed with a pained rictus. It is, anyway, hard to imagine listeners to The Big Friendly Album going away anything but h-a-p-p-y."

All About Jazz, Chris May

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