Blue Note Records has tapped Ezra Collective to put their own spin on Wayne Shorter’s composition “Footprints.”
The release is the second preview of the upcoming album, Blue Note Re:Imagined, which features contemporary artists reworking classic selections from the label’s storied catalog. The first was Jorja Smith’s take on St Germain’s “Rose Rouge.” Both tracks will be released on a limited edition 7-inch vinyl out July 31.
“This project means so much to us in Ezra Collective,” the UK band said in a statement. “For us, Blue Note encapsulates everything that jazz is. Ever-changing, ever-moving with times and always swinging. From Herbie to Wayne, Glasper and Jose James. Across the decades it’s been a constant source of inspiration, so to contribute to that is a dream come true.”
They added, “‘Footprints’ was a song we learnt as teenagers, and a song we’ve haven’t left alone since. It felt the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a hero of ours, Wayne Shorter, as well as document the journey we’ve made as a band since then.”
The track is Ezra Collective’s latest release since their 2019 album You Can’t Steal My Joy, which included the tracks “Quest for Coin,” “What am I to Do?” featuring Loyle Carner and “Reason in Disguise” featuring Jorja Smith.
Talents from the new London jazz scene heavily feature on Blue Note Re:Imagined, including Nubya Garcia, Emma-Jean Thackray, Poppy Ajudha and Alfa Mist. The record is out September 25.
Stream Ezra Collective’s rendition of “Footprints” here: