London jazz wizard Shabaka Hutchings: Sons of Kemet / The Comet Is Coming / Shabaka & the Ancestors

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I'm a little surprised Hutchings doesn't have a thread yet--he's surely as deserving as Kamasi Washington. Hutchings' blend of tastes and influences is more my style, though the comparison isn't particularly useful.

The new Sons of Kemet, "Your Queen Is a Reptile," has been justly praised in various threads: clarinet & sax, tuba for the basslines, two drummers, a bit of exhilarating anti-fascist verse.

Spaced out where SoK is earthy, The Comet Is Coming's "Channel the Spirits" starts off sounding kind of like an update on "Lawrence of Newark," but touches down in a thumping dance club towards the end. I haven't listened to Shabaka & the Ancestors yet (a collab with South African musicians), though I am excited to.

Anyone seen any of his groups live? I am kicking myself for waiting until now to get into this and missing SoK at the Jazz Festival.

rob, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:06 (ten months ago) link

I have the SoK record and it is good, def curious to hear more

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:08 (ten months ago) link

He's on a US tour right now - playing Brooklyn tonight. Wish I could make it.

I interviewed him (along with fellow saxophonist Nubya Garcia and trumpeter Yazz Ahmed) back in January:

http://burningambulance.com/2018/01/19/ba-podcast-8-uk-jazz-roundtable/

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:09 (ten months ago) link

Οὖτις: Channel the Spirits is a lot messier than YQIAR, but I might actually prefer it, at least the first half

unperson, how is the Ancestors album? I will definitely check out your podcast, thanks for the link

rob, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:13 (ten months ago) link

The Sons of Kemet album is beyond brilliant, at times dude plays sax like he's a soundclash.

I barely even hear it as jazz really, although of course it is, but there's all this afrobeat and dub and dancehall and grime in there as well, especially the more frenetic passages. Not to over labour the point but there's one bit where he's basically playing the same note over and over again but attacking it in a way that sounds like he's channeling Busy Signal or Aidonia or someone.

Pretty sure Shabaka was the main thing I liked about the Melt Yourself Down album from a few years ago, but this new one feels fresher and more quintessentially London somehow. I'm not surprised it's caught fire.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:20 (ten months ago) link

That tuba guy turns up everywhere as well, he's in Kano's backing band iirc.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:21 (ten months ago) link

Not to over labour the point but there's one bit where he's basically playing the same note over and over again but attacking it in a way that sounds like he's channeling Busy Signal or Aidonia or someone.

In our conversation, he talks about how he really dislikes the virtuosity model of jazz greatness, and strives to play what he calls "stupid sax" - opting for emotional impact over tricky flurries of notes.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:27 (ten months ago) link

I like the Ancestors album a lot - and supposedly there will be another.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:28 (ten months ago) link

xp
absolutely--all those influences are there and it's remarkable how naturally they're evoked by a largely acoustic group (iirc all the instruments are live but there's some dubby production on some tracks).

Looking further back, I was listening to the first couple volumes of the London Is the Place for Me comps a lot right before picking this up, which turned out to be a fortuitous prologue. I'm also reminded of the syncretic style of Cedric Brooks & the Light of Saba.

rob, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:34 (ten months ago) link

I barely even hear it as jazz really, although of course it is, but there's all this afrobeat and dub and dancehall and grime in there as well, especially the more frenetic passages. Not to over labour the point but there's one bit where he's basically playing the same note over and over again but attacking it in a way that sounds like he's channeling Busy Signal or Aidonia or someone.

The interweaving of different influences almost feels like it should be a bit too on the nose - in the abstract you could make comparisons to all of those live dub bands (oddly, often from New Zealand) from about 15 years ago like Salmonella Dub, who would weave in elements of drum and bass and dancehall and so on and could fall prey to a kind of united colours of benetton international rootsical vibes well-meaning wash-out. But the execution here is so astoundingly good, so consistently captivating, that it totally escapes that aura.

Tim F, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:18 (ten months ago) link

also new orleans brass band music and ethio-jazz in there

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:23 (ten months ago) link

sons of kemet is playing here in the next month or so, i'm thinking about it but though i love everything else i've heard by shabaka sons of kemet didn't grab me, maybe i should give it another shot

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:49 (ten months ago) link

ooh Doug Fir Lounge, there's usually really good sound in that venue fwiw

sleeve, Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:53 (ten months ago) link

on a Monday though :(

sleeve, Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:54 (ten months ago) link

yeah that doesn't help either. the beths are playing the doug fir next monday, i'm considering it (but probably won't go).

dub pilates (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:56 (ten months ago) link

Taking my wife and father-in-law (who haven't heard them) to the Seattle show next weekend. So psyched!

Yelploaf, Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:28 (ten months ago) link

Hmmmm, wonder if the DC show is sold out Thursday

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2018 04:43 (ten months ago) link

The interweaving of different influences almost feels like it should be a bit too on the nose - in the abstract you could make comparisons to all of those live dub bands (oddly, often from New Zealand) from about 15 years ago like Salmonella Dub, who would weave in elements of drum and bass and dancehall and so on and could fall prey to a kind of united colours of benetton international rootsical vibes well-meaning wash-out. But the execution here is so astoundingly good, so consistently captivating, that it totally escapes that aura.

I've not heard the bands you're talking about but I can well imagine, every country with a festival circuit has a few of them*. I think one reason why that doesn't happen here is because they're not so much interweaving styles as as exploring the space between them, unearthing the common ground.

When I talk about dancehall or grime turning up in the music I'm talking about elements of phrasing and rhythm that a listener who wasn't into those genres might not even notice, rather than overt sonic imprints. 3mins 55 into 'My Queen Is Harriet Tubman' for example, but there are plenty of occasions where he slips from playing like a jazz saxophonist to playing like a rave MC, and I'm sure it's deliberate. (45mins 25 into My Queen is Angela Davis, that's another one).

The one with Congo Natty is the only track where you can go "ah, they're doing x now". But when you get him on a track you're putting up a big signpost whatever.

Not to mention the fact that the music is so tied up with ideas of resistance (specifically black female resistance) that something would have to be going very wrong for it to give off the kind of vibe you're talking about.

*I'm imagining some kind of jazz Roni Size meets Dreadzone type thing which is probably worse than anything you're talking about here.

Matt DC, Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:10 (ten months ago) link

saw SoK in Istanbul a few years back, party was rockin

niels, Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:12 (ten months ago) link

Is there a wider thread for the current London jazz scene? Recent releases from Nerija, Joe Armon-Jones and Moses Boyd have been fantastic.

fetter, Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:49 (ten months ago) link

a listener who wasn't into those genres might not even notice

this is me! I'll take your word for it. I can definitely tell that there's a lot of non-trad jazz phrasing going on

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:11 (ten months ago) link

I listened to the Shabaka and the Ancestors album this morning, for the first time in a few months. There's so much going on in there - there's jazz, gospel, some dub effects, songs in African languages, but it all works together as a whole. I love it.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:15 (ten months ago) link

super awesome that acid jazz is back in style, i’m stoked

:-D

the late great, Friday, 28 September 2018 00:35 (ten months ago) link

is this an acid hat?

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3898/14820073938_45db64a74e_b.jpg

niels, Friday, 28 September 2018 06:00 (ten months ago) link

word to that hat!!

the late great, Friday, 28 September 2018 07:43 (ten months ago) link

"Recent releases from Nerija, Joe Armon-Jones and Moses Boyd have been fantastic."

Alive In The East is such a good album, sick drummer!

calzino, Friday, 28 September 2018 08:21 (ten months ago) link

spiritual hat

Οὖτις, Friday, 28 September 2018 15:40 (ten months ago) link

Huh, I should probably go see them for free at the university on Thursday

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 28 September 2018 15:42 (ten months ago) link

I was looking forward to seeing them at Koko, Camden and thought it was significant Sons had managed to get into such a big venue. But it seems Koko's been closed for "structural issues" - sounds fairly serious. I guess it'll be moved.

kraudive, Friday, 28 September 2018 16:20 (ten months ago) link

Shabaka appears on 2 tracks on the debut album by South African jazz group Mabuta, which is out today:

https://mabuta.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-to-this-world

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 28 September 2018 16:39 (ten months ago) link

Saw Sons of Kemet this past Thursday in a small basement club in Washington DC. Wow, a ferocious sound attack from the sax and tuba, and then the 2 drummers with the galloping, drum & bass beats. The songs often started tunefully and then got a bit more out there via the horns shrieking more at the end of each number (but the drum rhythms helped keep it from just going into free jazz improv territory).

curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 September 2018 14:23 (ten months ago) link

I listened to the Shabaka and the Ancestors album this morning, for the first time in a few months. There's so much going on in there - there's jazz, gospel, some dub effects, songs in African languages, but it all works together as a whole. I love it.

― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, September 27, 2018 11:15 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I finally got around to listening to this and it is incredible. Spiritual hat aficionados will especially be into it.

rob, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:43 (ten months ago) link

And if you like it, do check out albums by Nduduzo Makhathini, the keyboardist (and occasional vocalist) from the band. He's doing terrific work that's not getting much attention outside South Africa, as far as I know. I wish a US label would pick up his music for distribution.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:54 (ten months ago) link

any recommendation on which Makhathini album to start with?

btw, I listened to your podcast with Hutchings, Ahmed, and Garcia--great interview! and now I need to follow up on both of them too

rob, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:05 (ten months ago) link

His most recent one, Ikhambi, is the one I'm most familiar with. It's on Spotify (in the US, anyway):

https://open.spotify.com/album/7aonkfRAyRNSHKIpfyi2Jm?si=G_lSyubMRHWo4V9HoHMMvQ

His whole catalog is up there, in fact.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 15:54 (ten months ago) link

Went to the show last night and they were great, very danceable.

Also struck me how close some of this music is to Masada, at the end of the night I realized I had this tune in my head:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzIzSXnpwP0

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:53 (ten months ago) link

I like the tuba player a lot, but I can't help compare all tuba players to New Orleans guys and Youngbl00d Brass Band, and then I feel like a snob. But he said that Nat from YBB was his main inspiration, so I no longer felt bad.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:55 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Saw them on Friday, holy shit that was like a top ten of all time show (not that I would or could ever consider making such a list). From the records I hadn't even registered there were two drummers; incredible energy from them, no gaps between songs and they took one break in a 90 minute set.

the drum rhythms helped keep it from just going into free jazz improv territory

u+k imo.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Monday, 29 October 2018 09:14 (nine months ago) link

just listening to Maisha's There Is a Place album .. nice!

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:33 (nine months ago) link

I'm losing count of all the top albums coming out of London this year.

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:39 (nine months ago) link

The Maisha album is fantastic - gonna write about it for Stereogum for sure.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:53 (nine months ago) link

that looks great (beautiful cover too).

as briefly mentioned by upper mississippi shakedown and me on the rolling jazz thread, Shabaka and a couple other Londoners play on the new Makaya McCraven album Universal Beings, which I would highly recommend

rob, Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:10 (nine months ago) link

Emanative's Earth is another good one, this lot are not pissing about at the moment.

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 18:01 (nine months ago) link

only heard the first SoK record but I was pretty fascinated by the way it almost had this dub-like sound to it. it felt like there was some element missing...another horn, guitar, something. idk anything about jazz though. definitely a very good record.

frogbs, Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:10 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nk9P3eO4p0

on a big shabaka kick lately, has he really released no solo material? this performance leaves me so hungry

ogmor, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:07 (six months ago) link

I listened to The Comet Is Coming record last week after playing Sons of Kemet to death and it just feels a little tepid in comparison? I was expecting crazy space jazz but it was all a bit safe, a bit Caribou, without the fire of Your Queen Is A Reptile.

Given all that what's the best place to go next?

Matt DC, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:20 (six months ago) link

maisha's there is a place is v good.

calzino, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:47 (six months ago) link

Well worth checking the Makaya McCraven stuff - albeit Shabaka is only a guest on a few tracks. Universal Beings is quite a thing.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:05 (six months ago) link

has he really released no solo material?

There's a fanastic track on the We Out Here complition credited to solo Shabaka. His work with Sarathy Korwar is worth a listen too. (As is SK's own stuff.)

fetter, Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:34 (six months ago) link

There's a new The Comet Is Coming due in March - I haven't heard the whole thing, because like Matt DC I feel like TCIC is the weakest of all Hutchings' projects.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 24 January 2019 13:26 (six months ago) link

I guess you’re not gonna fly to New Orleans and catch a brass band with a tuba in a second line parade either. Oh well.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:13 (five months ago) link

I'll have to be the contrarian here; Theon Cross's tuba annoys me on both his album, and on the Sons Of Kemet. Perhaps I just don't like tubas.

― mike t-diva


cosign on this. i've tried a few times to give "Your Queen is a Reptile" a proper listen, but I can never get past the tuba.

enochroot, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:13 (five months ago) link

xp - oh God, don't get me started on Hot 8!

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:19 (five months ago) link

utter savagery!

calzino, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:52 (five months ago) link

i like tubas

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:30 (five months ago) link

more jazz tubas please

adam, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:33 (five months ago) link

Yeah, you anti-tuba people are insane.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:43 (five months ago) link

tubas are great, though I can't deny that they, like harps, have accumulated some unfortunate cultural baggage

where are people hearing the Kokoroko album? doesn't seem to be out here in Canada yet

rob, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:44 (five months ago) link

It comes out on Friday 3/8. I got a promo. One track is streaming on Bandcamp:

https://kokoroko.bandcamp.com/

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:46 (five months ago) link

yeah I've heard that track (plus Abusey Junction ofc), just seemed liked people were praising the whole ep--maybe more of you are critics than I realized

rob, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:00 (five months ago) link

or nabbed it on SLSK 😈

calzino, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:10 (five months ago) link

Two tracks of the EP Re on Apple Music.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:57 (five months ago) link

The other track I’ve really liked from this scene is Pineapple by Blue Lab Beats featuring Moses Boyd. Delightful melting pot of house, afrobeat, high life and jazz.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:14 (five months ago) link

I will defend the honor of tubas against all challengers

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:54 (five months ago) link

I won’t say that jazz bands lead by bass instrument players are always better, but they often are.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 1 March 2019 01:22 (five months ago) link

I saw Oscar Jerome live in Hackney last week; he plays guitar in Kokoroko, but mainly releases stuff under his own name (w/Joe Armon-Jones, Moses Boyd etc). Reminds me a lot of "One World" era John Martyn - that jazzy, dubby, spacey vibe. Great stuff, and he looks about 16.

fetter, Friday, 1 March 2019 07:49 (five months ago) link

I could take or leave the tuba on Fyah, love the saxophone player

jazzed (it's a boy!), Saturday, 2 March 2019 03:23 (five months ago) link

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/07/700510300/first-listen-the-comet-is-coming-trust-in-the-lifeforce-of-the-deep-mystery

I thought I should post this here as well for UK headz: Shabaka Hutchings "Vangelis/Spiritual Jazz" project, full album streaming on NPR.

calzino, Saturday, 9 March 2019 13:23 (five months ago) link

N had CBeebies on the other day and it was a program called Band Jam all about music, and both the tuba players who’ve been in SoK were on! Which was unexpected but cool. N was not impressed that I have records by them and have seen them live.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 9 March 2019 19:48 (five months ago) link

Full astral flying album is now on iTunes. It definitely has its moments but there is some pretty ropey drumming in places.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 15 March 2019 05:53 (five months ago) link

I interviewed all 3 members of The Comet Is Coming for Tidal:

http://read.tidal.com/article/comet-is-coming-afro-futurism-2

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 16 March 2019 21:31 (five months ago) link

Some of the Comet album is kinda ragged but damn when it flies. It's a fool's game to summon Ayler but there he is and The Universe Wakes Up damn near makes the top of my head come off.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:19 (five months ago) link

I'm seeing them in NYC tomorrow night - looking forward to it.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:31 (five months ago) link

I am envious. Great interview too, cheers.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:32 (five months ago) link

Is that show sold out do you know?

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:17 (five months ago) link

The club's website says it is, but who knows? You might get in if you just walk up. They're also playing Philadelphia on Wednesday, if that's accessible to you.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:38 (five months ago) link

Thanks. Monday nights not usually good for me and friend who was interested in going has something else but maybe I’ll just call an audible tomorrow and walk up if I feel like it.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:47 (five months ago) link

Anyway I just went to website and it seemed to say SOLD OUT. Looking forward to your report later in the week;)

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:50 (five months ago) link

The moment when Super Zodiac peaks is incredible.

Matt DC, Monday, 18 March 2019 18:41 (five months ago) link

Love the new Comet album, even (especially?) when it is very corny.

Tim F, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:51 (five months ago) link

Nearest gig to me is in japan but too early for me to be in Japan. I would like to see them live.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:57 (five months ago) link

Gig last night was great. Dan Leavers (keyboardist) took a very long, Alice Coltrane-ish (in devotional mode) unaccompanied solo at one point; by contrast, when Hutchings was playing unaccompanied, he basically repeated one phrase with more and more energy until people's heads were on the brink of exploding. Bliss vs. mania, basically.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:00 (five months ago) link

In DC Thursday.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:46 (five months ago) link

^^going.

Heez, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 13:18 (five months ago) link

I was there. I liked em when Shabaka was loud and the drummer and keyboardist were playing fast rhythms. I liked them less when the keyboardist was doing fusion prog spacey sounds and gesturing to the audience to cheer louder

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 March 2019 03:44 (five months ago) link

oh man

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 22 March 2019 15:25 (five months ago) link

lol

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 March 2019 15:31 (five months ago) link

i really dug it. those deep crunchy sythns sounded so good

Heez, Friday, 22 March 2019 16:43 (five months ago) link

As promised, I wrote up the show for my Stereogum column.

Shabaka Hutchings is very tall. I’m gonna guess at least 6’5″ and maybe 6’6″. I’m 6’2″, and he loomed over me when we met last year. On Monday night, I saw him perform with The Comet Is Coming at New York’s Mercury Lounge, and he towered over his two bandmates, keyboardist Dan “Danalogue” Leavers and drummer Max “Betamax” Hallett, too. (With TCIC, he calls himself King Shabaka.)

The Comet Is Coming have just released their second full-length, Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery, as part of Hutchings’ deal with Impulse! Records. (They put out Your Queen Is A Reptile, by his group Sons Of Kemet, last year, and there’s supposed to be a second album by Shabaka And The Ancestors, on which he collaborates with top-shelf South African jazz players, on the way.) TCIC isn’t Hutchings’ group, though, creatively speaking. They started out as a duo called Soccer96, and Leavers and Hallett still make music under that name. Hutchings saw them live and wanted to collaborate. The combination is astonishing, particularly on the new album. Their earlier material was a little less focused, more about vibe than compositions, but the new stuff is both viscerally exciting—Hallett is a ferocious drummer—and beautiful.

Leavers’ Roland synths and pedal boards are almost defiantly retro; there wasn’t a laptop to be seen anywhere onstage at the Mercury Lounge. He plays it all, live and in the moment. The primary melodies often have a synthwave feel, with some improvisatory flourishes that recall Alice Coltrane’s 1980s devotional music. Hallett, playing a small kit belonging to the club, still managed to create a big, powerful sound, cranking the beat up to at times astonishing tempos.

Hutchings is almost anti-virtuosic in his approach. When I interviewed him last year, he talked about playing what he calls “stupid sax.” He explained it as follows: “You go through college and there’s all these things in the air, in the zeitgeist that says, ‘You need to be better.’ And it’s come from working in the capitalist system. We need to accumulate more jazz chops. We need more information, we need more facility, we need more everything. But what about if we don’t need any more anything? What if we need to go back to a place where we just have our creativity, and a piece of metal? And I call that stupid sax. You take the saxophone and you just get ignorant. I practice — I’ll transcribe and I’ll practice out of étude books, but the real thing is when I’m onstage trying to actually approach the instrument from a point of unknowing, trying to unlearn all that stuff. I really don’t want to sound like Mark Turner or Joe Lovano, cause they just sound too good. They sound like they know what they’re doing. I’d rather be that guy in the corner with people going ‘Uhhh…I guess he can play.'”

He can definitely play. He’s not a big-voiced, resonant player like Coltrane or Rollins or JD Allen, and he doesn’t construct elaborate solos. He goes for a hoarse, crying sound rooted in R&B honking, with a little bit of reverb and distortion from a pedal, and he grabs onto phrases and digs his teeth in, turning them into something mantra-like, driving the audience wild with pure repetition and force. He even did this during an unaccompanied solo passage, grinding a sax riff into the stage until the audience was all but screaming.

There were gentle moments, too, of course. After about twenty minutes of manic fury, Leavers began a version of “Unity,” from the new album, with an extended synth solo that was part prog and part New Age, and the piece itself was quite beautiful, with Hallett playing a rhythm that seemed to owe something to West African music. But the fast, stomping performances of pieces like “Summon The Fire” and “Super Zodiac,” which blended seamlessly together into one long stretch of jackhammer drumming, pulsing synths and fierce sax, were what set the tone for the night. A woman at the lip of the stage was dancing furiously throughout the set, and people throughout the packed room were bouncing around, nodding their heads and jumping in place.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 22 March 2019 16:58 (five months ago) link

A friend likened the keyboard sound to Pink Floyd...well Pink Floyd do have a (bootleg?) album called In Celebration of The Comet

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 March 2019 13:49 (four months ago) link

Yeah drummer Hallet is great and of course integral to the trio

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 March 2019 13:57 (four months ago) link

I love that quote about 'Stupid Sax' the anthesis of those Berkley School of Jazz pricks that used to infects Umbria Jazz back when I use to go semi-regularly.

Driftglass by the Seed Ensemble is keeping me entertained today.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 25 March 2019 03:54 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Using this thread as more of a general London Jazz thread: last night's Total Refreshment Centre show at the Barbican was pretty epic. Theon Cross, Seed Ensemble, Alabaster DePlume, Emma Jean Thackeray, etc. Boiler Room streamed the whole thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsSEnExiyrU

Was sadly too tired to stay for the DJ sets in the lobby, which went on until 1am.

There were copies of a book about TRC being sold - stuff like that and the We Out Here festival makes me worried the hype might be getting a bit out of hand. Tho TRC *was* founded in 2012 so I guess there's enough material...

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 14 April 2019 10:07 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

https://youtu.be/z_PUqETN2yw

been chilling to these lot today - Mark Kavuma's fine The Banger Factory album.

calzino, Sunday, 28 July 2019 16:13 (three weeks ago) link

I also posted this in the main jazz thread - Sons of Kemet live at the Big Ears festival earlier this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a4fgVKpMiw

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:03 (three weeks ago) link

Perhaps beyond the official remit of this thread but I am loving the Nerija album.

Tim F, Friday, 9 August 2019 02:35 (one week ago) link

The Somerset House gig was astonishing, they had the Boris Johnson 'flag-waving picaninnies' quote up onstage for the whole thing, the whole thing just seemed to rise and rise in intensity including an astonishing middle section with a succession of MCs over the top. Including D Double E, which as well as being awesome was also kind of heartwarming, the sense of a circle being closed, making explicit what had been apparent since the start.

Matt DC, Friday, 9 August 2019 14:34 (one week ago) link

Sons of Kemet played Brooklyn on Tuesday night with Irreversible Entanglements (Moor Mother fronting an Ayler-esque quartet). I wanted to go but couldn't.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 9 August 2019 14:38 (one week ago) link

Perhaps beyond the official remit of this thread but I am loving the Nerija album.


This is great. Guitarist is something

Heez, Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:41 (one week ago) link


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