Dot Time Records is honored to announce the December 13th vinyl release of the critically acclaimed album Red Alert by London based pianist, composer, arranger and producer Janette Mason. Following the worldwide CD release of Red Alert on March 16th, 2018, DTR is pleased to offer listeners the highly-anticipated release of this stunning vinyl package. This album is a direct musical response to the current political and social climate under which we are living. Red Alert is brought to life by the explosive combination of Jack Pollitt on drums and Tom Mason on Bass. Copies will be available ahead of the release date at the Hideaway, located at 2 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Rd, Streatham, London SW16 2BF, United Kingdom, on November 18th. Janette will be celebrating the release of the LP there as part of the London Jazz Festival.
Red Alert echoes Mason’s passionate belief that jazz needs to constantly evolve to attract a younger, more diverse audience. Janette’s unique contemporary jazz compositions draw on her wide-ranging influences from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp. The 12 tracks of this album combine interesting timescapes and modern beats with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Janette’s powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with the keyboards to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought provoking.
This release begins with the incendiary tight groove of “Pent Up”, the entrancing ostinato pattern climaxes to a synth driven passage before the band lets loose and Mason shows off her stunning facility on the keys. The title track “Red Alert” summates the intensity of the album as a whole, declarative harmonic jabs lead to tasteful melodic lines in a balance of boldness and subtlety. The album closes out with the driving, muscular “I See Seven”, the trio holds down an inspired groove in a ⅞ time signature, ending the album with a drum solo from Jack Pollitt over energetic hits from the ensemble.
Janette was nominated for a Parliamentary jazz award for her second trio album Alien Left Hand and she reached the GRAMMY® ballot for The Live Smoke Sessions with Lea DeLaria for which she took on the dual roles of arranger and producer. Her music has been described as similar to E.S.T and The Bad Plus.
She has performed internationally at The Rochester and Atlanta Jazz Festivals with Ian Shaw, toured extensively throughout Europe with Soupsongs, the music of Robert Wyatt and been a frequent visitor to Japan with the band Workshy.