Pioneering London quintet Ezra Collective’s version of Wayne Shorter’s ‘Footprints’ is the second single to be taken from the Blue Note Re:imagined project, a hugely anticipated collection of brand new studio recordings of classic tracks from the iconic label’s archive, which will be released on 25 September.
Out now, Ezra Collective’s ‘Footprints’ is a hard-edged update of the original (which featured on Shorter’s 1966 album Adam’s Apple) that shifts seamlessly between hip-hop, funk, post-bop and Afrobeat and serves as a reminder of the versatility and virtuosity of one of the UK’s most exciting groups. This second single follows the release of Jorja Smith’s much-lauded re-imagining of St Germain’s ‘Rose Rouge’. Both singles will feature on a limited edition 7” vinyl, released on 17 July. You can check Ezra Collective’s version of ‘Footprints’ out below.
Ezra Collective say: “This project means so much to us in Ezra Collective. For us, Blue Note encapsulates everything that jazz is. Ever changing, ever moving with times and always swinging. From Herbie to Wayne, Glasper and Jose James. Across the decades it’s been a constant source of inspiration, so to contribute to that is a dream come true.
“Footprints’ was a song we learnt as teenagers, and a song we’ve haven’t left alone since. It felt the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a hero of ours, Wayne Shorter, as well as document the journey we’ve made as a band since then.”
Blue Note Re:imagined will feature an array of stars from across the jazz, soul and R&B scenes – including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Jordan Rakei, Jorja Smith, Steam Down and Poppy Ajudha – reinterpreting music from the likes of legendary Blue Note artists Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Donald Byrd and McCoy Tyner. The 16-track collection, set for release on 25 September, reflects the melting pot of diversity of the current jazz scene and provides proof of how fresh, innovative and exhilarating the genre is in 2020.
Blue Note Re:imagined is out on 25 September and can be pre-ordered here.