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Orlando Le Fleming & Romantic Funk

"Outstanding” is an overused description but one that’s applied to bassist Orlando le Fleming so consistently that it's justification can’t be denied. While living in New York he brought his inimitable personality to work on projects for the likes of Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Antonio Sanchez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Charlap, Billy Cobham, Kevin Hays, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Cobb, Ari Hoenig, Seamus Blake and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

As a leader his drum-less OWL Trio (with long time associates Will Vinson and Lage Lund) gained plaudits across the board for its hushed, intimate atmosphere. Downbeat declared “Everything about this album, is a resounding success. The music swings effortlessly, every utterance is gorgeous and the recording is intimate and beautiful.”

His last release - Romantic Funk: The Unfamiliar - introduced us to a new sound, a tribute to the muscular, high-intensity fusion of the 1970s and 80s. With material workshopped in an extended residency at New York’s storied 55 bar, Romantic Funk showcased Orlando’s virtuosic bass playing, whilst also giving his bandmates a platform to shine.

The latest incarnation of the group features UK heavyweights, drummer James Maddren (Jacob Collier, Enemy) and Tom Cawley on keys (Peter Gabriel).

An outstanding bassist takes a turn towards muscular fusion.

— WBGO