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Rob Luft is about to launch his 2nd Album!

Jazz guitarist and OJ, Rob Luft, returns with, "Life Is The Dancer", his second album following his acclaimed debut, "Riser" (Edition Records, 2017).

23 Mar 2020
Alumni News
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.
 
Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and also of 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival.

His debut album, ‘Riser’, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”. Following the success of his first album, Rob was nominated for a string of awards – ‘Breakthrough Act’ in the 2018 Jazz FM Awards, ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in the 2019 Jazz FM Awards.
 
Well done Rob! We are all very proud of you! Please keep us updated with your amazing career! 

If you have a success story to inspire current OJ's or interest others - please send your news to:ojcommunity@judd.kent.sch.uk

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