Saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia has released her newest single, “Fortify.” On the track, Garcia’s languid, sweeping saxophone melody floats above syncopated rhythms, punctuated by shimmering piano and keyboard accents provided by the members of her acclaimed quartet: Daniel Casimir (double bass), Deschanel Gordon (organ, piano, Rhodes, Nord), and Sam Jones (drums). Garcia has emerged as one of the leading lights of London’s burgeoning jazz scene as a bandleader, composer, and solo recording artist. Her work has been celebrated in the pages of The New York Times, Mojo, DownBeat, Rolling Stone, Ebony, and Vogue, and by Pitchfork and NPR Music. Garcia’s compositions have also been heard on television programs including Ted Lasso and Atlanta as well as Epic Games’ global phenomenon Fortnite.
“This tune is about searching and seeking ways to protect and strengthen yourself within the disruption and chaos of life sometimes. It’s about working out what you are trying to protect in your worlds; about creating safe spaces and practices to let go of your stresses, and to elevate the joy within those spaces and practices.” – Nubya Garcia