After the success of Trudi's Songbook: Volume One, jazz outfit Ruby Rushton are back with their highly anticipated follow up. Comprised of a further six cuts, Trudi's Songbook: Volume Two is a welcome succession to its predecessor. Stand out tracks include "Tisbury Truckin," which is a stunning opener! Starting with an atmospheric soundscape it unexpectedly drops into a neck-snapping hip-hop groove with a punchy melodic line before effortlessly sliding into an up-tempo, afro-beat inspired rhythm with strong solos from trumpet and keys in tow.
"Song For Christopher" is a heartfelt ballad, which begins with a touching flute solo and continues to take the listener on a journey through the emotions, ending in a crescendo of optimism – a fitting tribute to the late Christopher Rushton. "Charlotte Emma Victoria" is another strong track and includes some tasteful sousaphone and trombone parts to add extra oomph to its bounce, accompanied by a soaring saxophone solo by band leader Edward Cawthorne (aka Tenderlonious).
The album ends with a classic Herbie Hancock jazz-fusion standard, "Butterfly," which the band handles with finesse. A fitting cover that would no doubt impress its original writers.