corto.alto’s debut album Bad With Names out in October; listen to new tracks ‘Bye’ & ‘Slope’

Photo: Sophie Jouvenaar

Influenced as much by jazz as by hip-hop, broken beat, electronica, dub and punk, Bad With Names is the brand new album from Glaswegian prodigious multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer corto.alto. A trombone wizard and fast-rising star in the jazz industry, Liam Shortall, the man at the helm of the project, enlisted the help of outstanding musicians from the Scottish and UK Jazz scene to bring his record to life, including award-winning pianist Fergus McCreadie, drummer Graham Costello, trumpet player Johnny Woodham, and trombonist  Anoushka Nanguy, amongst others.

Following the first single ‘Bye’, corto.alto shared last week ‘Slope’, the second superb taste from his upcoming album. Speaking about the track, Shorthall had this to say:

“Slope” comes from me sitting in Queen’s Park, Glasgow watching some skateboarders skate up a hill, and how counter-intuitive it looked, but then noticing how satisfying it looked when they hit the top and went down the other side. I suppose another metaphor for endurance, resilience etc.”

Both singles confirm corto.alto’s incredible artistry and his willingness to experiment across multi-genres and styles. Check out the accompanying visuals for ‘Slopes’ below and listen to ‘Bye’ straight after.

Bad With Names is out on October 6th through New Soil x Bridge The Gap

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