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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