'Vapour' 


Recorded in November 2019 and due to be released (Autumn 2021) on 33 Jazz Records through worldwide digital distributors via the Orchard, 'Vapour' contains both original compositions and arrangements.

 

In its style and conception, the music is very eclectic, steeped in modern and contemporary sounds and avant-garde/free experimentation. La Sorsa's compositions take inspiration from the work of contemporary greats like Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato while two of the seven tracks - 'Inca Roads' and 'Tacho (Mixing Pot)' - are arrangements of songs by Frank Zappa and Hermeto Pascoal, two artists that have been vital to forming her compositional approach.


La Sorsa called on the musicianship of highly regarded long-term collaborator jazz pianist Sam Leak on Hammond organ as well as the heavy weight stalwarts of the London jazz scene Nick Costley-White on guitar and Jay Davis on drums. Between them they have created a modern, open and sophisticated atmosphere, tuned in to the current wave of contemporary UK jazz. The album is both intense and laid-back, groove heavy and rich in electrifying moments - full to the brim with captivating melodies.

 

 


Preceding 'Vapour', the first single from the record 'If I Fall in Love' was release on the 28th of May 2021 and it's available on iTunesAmazon Music and Spotify).

This composition initially stemmed from La Sorsa improvising freely on the well known jazz standard 'When I fall in love' by V. Young and E. Heyman. The piece that emerged explores the theme of recovery from psychological abuse with La Sorsa drawing upon the experiences of her own past leading to her finding and eventually falling in love with her life partner. In exploring this theme she has produced a hopeful tune which aims to show solidarity with the countless other women who have had to undergo the same dark life experiences.

Read Germana's interview on London Jazz News and take a look at photographer Carl Hyde's work inspired by 'Vapour' here

 

“Germana La Sorsa's new release, 'Vapour', consists mainly of original compositions with a few exceptions, which combined create a beautifully inventive and explorative work. I loved the feeling of unrestrained jazz exploration blended with a middle eastern tonal quality. The overall sound is ethereal yet captivating with Germana's light and graceful vocals weaving in and out throughout as she skillfully interacts with the musicians. There is outstanding work by this tight ensemble, consisting of organ, guitar and drums which completely avoids the cliche 'organ trio' sound and I found this quite refreshing. The players seem very well-attuned to one another. This is a quality release and one which I think Germana can be extremely proud of – Bravo!” - Mala Waldron


“...Her latest album 'Vapour' is very heartfelt, warm and delivers. This album definitely takes you on a journey propelled by the great musicianship from the rest of her ensemble.” - Tony Kofi


"Ethereal vocals and captivating compositions complemented by a great band." - Joy Ellis


“A beautiful statement.” - Jamie Murray

Album artworks © Joe Boyle