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Melodic Collective is guitarist Chris Allard's latest project, in which he works with John Turville (piano), Robbie Robson (trumpet), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Will Glaser (drums). Their self-titled album is out now on Perdido Records and it's a quasi-live album which delivers a classy, cohesive jazz quintet.
I spoke to Chris last year alongside pianist Ross Stanley for episode 136 of this podcast and saw them perform their album Tortuga live at London's 606 Club. This new project promises more great things live and please watch out for a review of the album's official London launch.
Thanks to Chris for allowing me to play extracts from Melodic Collective alongside our conversation.
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