Emma-Jean Thackray’s record collection is a box of surprises. A newspaper article once said that “if you would like to get to know her, you simply have to go through her library of music.” The collection has Glenn Miller, Fela Kuti, obscure soundtracks from the 70s, Miles Davis, just about everything by Gil Evans, Soft Machine, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Michael Gibbs, Madlib, John Coltrane, J Dilla, pop, soul, folk, hip hop and lots of jazz. The principle is eclectic. All these different worlds of music ingeniously come together in Emma-Jean Thackray. She grew up in Yorkshire and initially played trumpet in one of the regions’ traditional brass bands, where she learnt the basics. She went on to study music and was interested in compositions and all sorts of instruments (she plays about a dozen, mostly self-taught). Her “Ley Lines” record shows that all she touches turns to gold. Walrus is a band project in which she brings together the different influences. She calls her music “Psychedelic-Jazz-Beats”, which fits in perfectly into the UK jazz scene!
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