“In time the album will serve as a milestone moment within the ongoing catalogue of corto.alto – not as the one and only but as the first of many.” 5/5 – UK Vibe

“So much musicality, so much ambition produces one of the best jazz albums of this year with Bad With Names” 4.5/5 - Written In Music (NL)

“Forward-thinking and exciting, Bad With Names marks a new high point for Jazz in Scotland.” 5/5 – The Skinny

Embark on a musical journey with corto.alto, the extraordinary multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer based in Glasgow. In his debut album, “Bad With Names”, Liam Shortall weaves together a tapestry of musical genres, seamlessly blending intuitive improvisation with intricate electronic production. The result is a mesmerizing fusion that challenges the very boundaries of contemporary jazz, appealing to cross-genre audiences including electronica, Nu-Jazz and beyond.


14 February 2024 – Kings Place – London – UK – TICKETS
17 February 2024 – Norwich Arts Centre – Norwich – UK – TICKETS
18 March 2024 – Gretchen – Berlin – Germany – UK – TICKETS
26 May 2024 – Cross The Tracks – London – UK – TICKETS
15-18 August 2024 – We Out Here – Wimborne St Giles – UK –TICKETS


‘Bad With Names” is already turning heads with support from Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 and Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music / Worldwide FM. Whilst major streaming platforms have also shown their approval with a series of high-profile playlist placements. From Spotify’s and Jazz UK to Apple Music’s New Music Daily and Jazz Currents, corto.alto is everywhere you want it to be.

With strong roots in performance Shortall has assembled a live ensemble featuring some of the UK’s most promising jazz talents. Their October 2023 UK album tour, including an electrifying sold-out performance at the Jazz Café in London, is a testament to the growing appreciation for corto.alto’s music and reputation as a formidable live force.

“Bad With Names” is out now and is setting the jazz world ablaze. It is available on LP, CD, and digitally through New Soil x Bridge The Gap. Your ears will thank you!

AGENT: Agnese Daverio

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