On my various meanderings in my beautiful London town, I found myself sitting at the bar section of the Skylon bar at the Royal Festival Hall, a group of musicians were going to perform a little jazz gig to people drinking and dining at the Centre. To the sound of classics and non, I was lucky to capture the great Gary Crosby (double bass), the ever mighty Steve Williamson (saxophone), and the young Hong Kong born guitarist, Tjoe Man Cheung, together with their guest singer, enchanting the audience with her voice, Sonia Edgy.
I subsequently listened to “Flow London”, Tjoe’s second self-release as an EP, written, produced by him. The album comprises of six tracks that are pure, they have a vision, a clarity and a message (listen attentively and you will discover).
From “Walking in the rain” to “N5 to Edgware”, they all narrate Tjoe’s experiences in London, his feelings and how this great town has shaped him musically.
There is also a bonus track featuring Emma Hamilton called “Que reste-t-il de nos amours?”, a Charles Trenet and Léo Chauliac composition with lyrics by Trenet, a little and welcome surprise which, performed by Tjoe & co, only adds to the EP’s fresh approach to jazz and guitar playing.
My favourite track, “Walking in the rain”, it infuses tones of melancholia and freshness at the same time.
With an incredible varied array of musicians playing on his songs, Alessandro Lombardo on drums, Yi-Ning Liao on violin, the talented Lorenzo Bassignani on bass to name a few, Tjoe has managed to explore ideas and images deriving from his living and playing in London, but, as such, he demonstrates his power of composition together with a hunger to feel and discover more of this great capital city.
We shall eagerly await for his next album.
Text: Erminia Yardley
Images: Tjoe man Cheung
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