Rob Luft – Dahab Days (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 52:10 minutes | 593 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Edition Records
Returning for his third album on Edition Records, ‘Dahab Days’ demonstrates the British guitarist’s signature sound with fresh and lyrical new music. Featuring long-time collaborators Alice Zawadzki, Byron Wallen and Steve Buckley, the new record pushes the envelope and establishes Rob as one of the key members of the UK’s thriving jazz scene.
“Dahab Days” is the highly anticipated third album from acclaimed British guitarist Rob Luft, who has witnessed remarkable growth in Europe in recent years, notably as a BBC New Generation Artist and through collaborations with Elina Duni. Luft’s debut album, “Riser,” released in 2017, made a lasting impact, showcasing his exceptional talent and distinctive musical voice. Building on the success of “Riser,” his second album, “Life is the Dancer,” further solidified his reputation as a versatile guitarist and composer.
With “Dahab Days,” Luft embarks on another significant stride in his artistic journey. This album represents a notable expansion of his sound, incorporating a string quartet and reinforcing the contributions of his talented band members, who have become an integral part of his musical identity. Luft’s well-deserved reputation as a versatile guitarist shines through as he delivers uplifting improvisations that evolve in hypnotic and contemporary ways, captivating listeners with their compelling and immersive qualities.
The album derives its name from Dahab, a location in Egypt where much of the music was written. Over the past three years, Luft has spent considerable time there due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s limitations. While not overtly drawing from the music of the region, “Dahab Days” subtly reflects the influence of his experiences in that unique setting.
Featuring an exceptional lineup, “Dahab Days” includes Rob Luft on electric and acoustic guitars, as well as the kalimba, alongside Joe Wright on tenor saxophone, Joe Webb on piano and Hammond organ, Tom McCredie on bass guitar, and Corrie Dick on drum kit and percussion. The album also boasts special guest performances by Alice Zawadzki on vocals and violin, Byron Wallen on trumpet, and Steve Buckley on alto saxophone and penny whistle.
“Dahab Days” marks a significant milestone in Rob Luft’s musical journey, showcasing his artistic growth and his ability to craft captivating and contemporary compositions that resonate with audiences.
01. Rob Luft – Be Water, My Friend (04:57)
02. Rob Luft – Dahab Days (05:49)
03. Rob Luft – Daylight Saving Time (07:28)
04. Rob Luft – Dreamworld (01:53)
05. Rob Luft – Bliss Out (03:29)
06. Rob Luft – Flim (05:10)
07. Rob Luft – African Flower (05:18)
08. Rob Luft – Sunshine Music (03:17)
09. Rob Luft – Endless Summer (07:02)
10. Rob Luft – Lamma Bada Yatathanna (07:43)