Metropolitan Jazz Affair make modern jazz with a traditional twist on beautiful tracks like Biord of Spring..
So far Spring 2007 has been rather excellent for a number of reasons. I’ve got a new job. My garden is more or less finished. There’s a new episode of the marvellous Future Soul Radio which includes storming new music like Brid of Spring by the lavishly named Metropolitan Jazz Affair.
Bird of Spring really lives up to its name; the vocals could clear the clouds on a grey day, the brass sounds like sunshine, whilst the light jazz drum beat feels full of the promise of spring. The amazing vocals make me think of Nina Simone, yet from what I can find out they’re actually those of a man called Mr Day; its like hearing When You Gonna Learn for the 1st time all those years ago and realising that it was an English guy called Jay Kay singing and not a middle aged black American woman.
I really can’t find out much more about the Metropolitan Jazz Affair, so you’ll have to take my word on this one. If you like jazz, the music of Gilles Peterson, and sunny days, then you’ll love Bird of Spring. If you’re not sure then check out the spring edition of Future Soul Radio where you can hear the song for free.