Charge It To The Game

A 1 track crossover jazz single (4m 30s) — released May 28th 2021 on First Word Records

First Word Records is incredibly proud to welcome Nathaniel Cross to the label, here with the first track 'Charge It To The Game', taken from his debut solo EP 'The Description Is Not The Described'.

Once dubbed "the Quincy Jones of Catford" by Rolling Stone magazine, the South Londoner has been a prominent force behind the scenes for several years now as an arranger and trombone player. His skillset has seen him perform and record with a wide range of luminaries including Solange, Emile Sandé, Stormzy, Zara McFarlane, Kano, David Murray, LCSM, Swindle and Macy Gray to cite a few, additionally to working on both of Moses Boyd's albums, including the Mercury Prize nominated 'Dark Matter'. Growing up in a musically-focused family, Nathaniel has been playing the trombone since the age of 10 and studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Two decades since first picking up the trombone, it's now finally time for Nathaniel to release his own compositions into the world.

So to the EP - a four-track instrumental opus that falls within the cracks of contemporary jazz, whilst encompassing a wide-range of black music sub-genres that he heard growing up in a British-Caribbean household. "The overview for this EP at the core of each track is jazz arranging, but disguised under a range of styles of music from the black diaspora" says Nathaniel. Sonically, the full-set threads in strains of bruk, calypso, dancehall, neo-soul, hip hop, gospel, afro-cuban and West African music.

The first track 'Charge It To The Game' is about overcoming the trials and tribulations of life. Nathaniel says "It's about embracing and accepting those hard times rather than ignore them. Use the lessons from the hard times to grow stronger and wiser instead of being broken down and defeated. The sound is very influenced by bruk (broken beat) and hip hop."

'Charge It To The Game' is released digitally on May 28th with the EP'The Description Is Not The Described' following on vinyl & digital worldwide, June 25th 2021.

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