Greg Foat channels botanical inspiration in new jazz single ‘Spider Plant Blues’

"The single itself is a sophisticated, synthesizer-led piece that features a seamless exchange between Foat’s keys and the contributions of his bandmates—bassist Tom Herbert and drummer Ayo Salawu"
20 May 2024

London-based jazz musician Greg Foat is set to release his innovative single, Spider Plant Blues, on May 24th, marking the first vinyl release by Ameritz Music. Available both digitally and on vinyl, this release promises an auditory treat that reflects traditional jazz roots while embracing modern influences.

Spider Plant Blues draws inspiration from the collection of plants in Foat’s home, which play an active role in his creative process. Foat explains that rearranging these plants around his home studio not only changes the space’s air and energy but also feeds into the music’s vibe and essence. This synthesis of nature and music showcases Foat’s unique approach to composition, where even the placement of foliage can recalibrate the artistic atmosphere.

The single itself is a sophisticated, synthesizer-led piece that features a seamless exchange between Foat’s keys and the contributions of his bandmates—bassist Tom Herbert and drummer Ayo Salawu. The result is a sound that is both laid-back and intricate, ideal for those who enjoy relaxed listening and those seeking depth in their musical experiences.

Foat’s lifelong journey with music began with a fall from his auntie’s piano stool at age three. He grew up as a fervent vinyl collector, learning to play by ear, which further fueled his passion for jazz through performances with the Isle of Wight County Youth Jazz Orchestra and lessons from jazz pianist Gordon Beck.

With Spider Plant Blues, Foat invites listeners to tap into the energy and inspiration derived from his botanical muses. The release not only aims to spark bursts of creativity among its audience but also to celebrate the refreshing exchange of air and energy akin to that in Foat’s studio.

Spider Plant Blues is poised to be a distinctive addition to the jazz landscape, blending classical jazz elements with a modern flair and a unique green-thumb creativity. This release is a must-listen for jazz aficionados and casual music fans alike, offering a taste of the ambiance shaped by Foat’s flora-inspired creativity.

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