Emma-Jean Thackray’s record shelf is full of surprises. For an article she gave some insight into her collection. She admits, if you want to know what kind of person she is you should look through her musical library: Glenn Miller, Fela Kuti, obscure soundtracks from the 70s, Miles Davis, almost everything from Gil Evans, Soft Machine, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Michael Gibbs, Madlib, John Coltrane, J Dilla, Pop, Soul, Folk, Hip-hop and a lot of Jazz. When you call this electrically, you are right. And understands her principle. All those different music genres come in Emma-Jean Thackray ingenious together. Growing up in Yorkshire she started playing the trumpet in a traditional brass band. This is where she learned the basics. Later on she studied music, took an interest in composition and for a variety of instruments (she plays around two dozen, mostly self-taught – on her record “Ley Lines” you can convince yourself, that everything she touches turns into gold). With Walrus she created an appealing band project, in which she combines the different influences: dance inducing jazz, sometimes with a Tony-Allen-like rhythm, swinging brass motives, straight and improvised at the same time. Thackray herself calls her music “psychedelic-jazz-beats” – and hereby places herself perfectly in the boiling scene of the United Kingdom.
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