If New Orleans was the first city of jazz; New York, the city that never sleeps: the home of bebop; Paris the city of 50s cool, then, arguably, that dynamic, cosmopolitan, constantly self-reinventing megacity London is the jazz burg of the 21st century. The interlinking, interconnectedness of this jazz trio mimics the narrative of the great city. Individual musicians with their own geography, architecture and psychology, their connections with each other pulse in the same dynamic and energetic way that the city's blood vessels continually pump. The rhythm of the city is a subtle undercurrent in the rhythmic interplay of Malija. The city has got under their skin and become part of what they play. As Mark Lockheart explains: 'The Day I Had Everything is about many musical things, often styles and influences that have come from our many diverse musical experiences working and developing in London's vibrant jazz scene. The melting pot of London's multi-faceted music scene is reflected in the compositions, to me this is London jazz music, distinct and different from the American sound" "The London music scene of the 1980's and 90's had a big impact. I was gigging with Reggae and African bands as well recording with some of the many London indie groups around at that time- all these things influenced my music making."