Jazz harpist Tori Handsley’s long-awaited debut album. ‘As We Stand’ is a brave and powerful work that will change attitudes towards her instrument. It also showcases Tori’s writing - both lyrical and musical - which proves to be sophisticated and mature.
The band are every bit the equal of these scores: drummer Moses Boyd needs no introduction following his ground-breaking duo Binker and Moses’ inter- national success, deep LPs and Mercury Prize nomination. Ruth Goller is a key player on the London scene, widely regarded for her powerfully rhythmic play- ing. Vocalist Sahra Gure is quickly establishing herself as one of the most stylish and interesting singers around.
Tori’s reputation as a musician in a variety of environments has never been greater, and her improvisational skills, on show monthly at the innovative Free- dom Session which she has co-hosted at London’s Vortex club with Orphy Rob- inson and Paul Bradshaw during the last few years, ensure that she stands out in the current crop of young, politically and musically motivated players on the London scene.
‘As We Stand’ is a statement- political and musical- by one of the most interest- ing young musical talents around.
LP 1: Rivers Of Mind / Convolution / Polar Retreat / Out of Sight Out of Mind / Home
LP 2: Settling Into The Sun / Intwination / As We Stand / Kestrel / Whats in a Tune