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!K7 launches new jazz focused label

By | Published on Friday 15 November 2019

Kansas Smitty's

!K7 has announced the launch of a new label with a jazz focus. Called Ever Records, it’s a joint venture with Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott, who manages acts working in the jazz sphere, including Zara McFarlane, Jules Buckley and Cassie Kinoshi. The new division will sign artists and also provide label and management services for jazz clients.

Commenting on the new venture, !K7 boss Horst Weidenmüller said: “Over recent years we have enjoyed working with !K7’s various label partners on many different new incarnations of jazz. It is one of the most exciting genres in terms of musical openness and has undefined possibilities beyond genres, which has always been a hallmark of !K7’s approach to music. With the launch of Ever Records we have an imprint to bring together all of our activities from new artist signings to label services and artist management”.

The new label will be overseen by Siofra McComb, who moves over from her Head Of Marketing role at !K7 to become Head Of A&R for Ever Records. Her first signing is London-based sextet Kansas Smitty’s.

McComb says of the signing: “Kansas Smitty’s speak to our idea of what jazz should be. It’s not a static concept, but a moving, breathing, living state of mind. They have never stopped developing their sound, steeped as much in early Kansas city swing as in modern-day spiritual jazz. Yet what remains constant is their absolute non-flinching dedication to quality music and the life that emanates from their each and every tone”.

“We’re very proud to have found them across international borders”, she adds, “and are very much looking forward to working with them to release their new album in 2020 on Ever Records”.

Listen to Kansas Smitty’s new single ‘Riders’ here.