His record label writes: With the same line-up as the first album, "Life Is The Dancer" confirms all the praise and promise of an artist of the moment and commands attention for its brilliance and originality. Rob Luft is a superstar in the making - a virtuoso, a band-leader, a composer of vibrant, original music and a captivating communicator. "Life Is The Dancer" is an eagerly awaited and anticipated release, consisting almost entirely of Rob's latest original compositions for his quintet.
Pre-order the album here, either in CD, vinyl or digital format: https://robluft.bandcamp.com/
Researching what Rob has been up to of late, we find he has been very busy! His concert highlights include performances with Django Bates, Loose Tubes, & Laura Jurd’s jazz/rock supergroup “Dinosaur”.
As well as leading his own quintet, Rob collaboratively runs several other projects, including a duo with the Albanian jazz singer and ECM recording artist Elina Duni, a mainstream jazz quartet with Dave O’Higgins, and the tango quintet Deco Ensemble.
Rob is also a regular member of some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s “Four Corners”, Eddie Parker’s “Airborn”, and the Chris Batchelor/Steve Buckley quintet. His playing has been documented on a wide variety of albums over the past five years, and he appears on the ‘Sweet Sister Suite’ by Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO); Liane Carroll’s album ‘Seaside’ (Linn Records); two albums from Italian drum virtuoso Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records (‘Zirobop’ & ‘Ten to Late’); and the latest release from Misha Mullov-Abbado on Edition Records (‘Cross-Platform Interchange’).
In May 2019 Rob was selected as a BBC New Generation Jazz Artist, an accolade granted to “some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians” (Emma Bloxham, BBC Radio 3). He has also recently collaborated with UK jazz great Dave O’Higgins on a new recording released on the Ubuntu Music label in October 2019 – ‘O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane’. The album, supported by a 40-date tour, showcased a thrilling new band, with Rod Youngs on drums and Scott Flanigan on organ.