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Nat Birchall charts new paths toward spiritual communion, connecting jazz with classical Indian influences guided by the wistful flow of the harmonium

Label: Jazzman

Album: Cosmic Language

Release Date: March 9th, 2018

Cosmic Language sees the UK-based saxophonist, composer and arranger return to legendary imprint Jazzman Records. It takes a cross-cultural approach: exploring the parallel musical paths of jazz and Indian ragas, Nat Birchall takes influence from spiritual jazz forebears, like Alice Coltrane and Yusef Lateef. It’s underlined by the introduction of the Indian harmonium to his band, taking the place of the traditional piano. Making new connections to realise his transcendental ambitions, it’s a logical next step in making music as spiritual cleanser.

"Deeply felt music, mostly meditative but at times ecstatic" Stereogum

"Birchall has created a generally enthralling soundscape, which will provide both musical and spiritual nourishment to listeners" Songlines

"A gorgeous album, a love serene." The Quietus

"Birchall’s refreshingly pure, uplifting incantations are a perfect balm for turbulent times' Record Collector

"A more sensuously slow affair, underpinned by a harmonium, touching on Indian sound patterns" Artsdesk

"The miraculous prospect of full-bloodedly authentic spiritual jazz from right here in the UK is realised on Nat Birchall’s Cosmic Language" Shindig 4/5