Poured Gently—the debut album of Aimua Eghobamien—combines fresh and unusual arrangements of jazz and pop standards from Ellington, Monk, Gershwin, Stevie Wonder and Bon Jovi with haunting and melodic original compositions and thoughtful lyrics. In collaboration with New York-based pianist, composer and arranger Glafkos Kontemeniotis, Eghobamien ensures that Poured Gently produces a concept that sets a definite mood, entertains and quietly tells a story. Recorded and mixed at Avatar Studios in New York and at Strongroom and AIR Studios in London by Grammy Award-winning engineer Steve Orchard, Poured Gently features the internationally known and highly regarded percussionist Bashiri Johnson and stellar musicians bassist Ed Kollar and drummer Scott Neumann. He teamed up with pop music video director Nick Bartleet to produce a unique music video for the track ‘Tis What It Is.
With a dad who listened to a world of music from British Pop to Highlife and Calypso, a mum who sang him Ẹdo lullabies and siblings who were interested in all things American his musical tastes developed without limitations. Living at various points on three continents, this London-born singer has experienced at firsthand Nigerian drums and folk, European Pop and American R&B. Eghobamien studied Jazz Vocal Performance and Creative Writing at university in New York; taught by the Tony and Emmy Award-winning American singer and actress Lillias White and the legendary jazz singer Sheila Jordan. He studied voice with Mark Oswald, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s leading voice teachers. He was a member of Barry Harris’ Jazz Ensemble Choir.
Appearances since arriving from New York include dates at Pizza on the Park, the Pheasantry, the Spice of Life, the Vortex Jazz Club, Ray’s Jazz, Café in the Crypt and Hugo’s. He has performed with some of the UK’s favourite jazz musicians including Barry Green, Tim Richards, Gunther Kürmayr, Gary Crosby OBE, Mark Hodgson, Oli Hayhurst, Matt Home and Sebastiaan de Krom. With the release and tour of Poured Gently have come radio interviews and airplay in the UK and Europe. Eghobamien and his band, pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotis, bassist Jerome Davies and drummer Rod Youngs, successfully toured Poured Gently with dates that included Pizza Express Jazz Club London, National Theatre Foyer London, Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club Manchester, St Lawrence Chapel Ashburton, Jazz at the Lescar Sheffield, Pave Hull, and CaféJazz and Jazz at Dempsey’s Cardiff.