Yana is a British trio comprising vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, bassist Dave Kane and drummer Joshua Blackmore, which creates an open, living music.
They got together in Stratford-upon-Avon on a dark and stormy night in November 2008, and from there have undertaken a Jazz Services national tour; performed at Manchester Jazz Festival; and supported jazz saxophone legend David Murray.
The music is a free-wheeling, spontaneous mixture of styles. This trio has developed a process entirely focussed on creating highly expressive live music that’s full of grooves and sounds composed, but is not; and playing compositions that don’t sound composed at all, but are.
How it all works is not always clear; but the process is always fascinating to hear, and the results can be truly moving.
Their first studio recording is called “don’t overthink it”, which has garnered favourable attention in Jazzwise (4 stars), on All About Jazz and in a critics’ 2013 chart on The Wire’s website.