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 (three years ago) link

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

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:08 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:28 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

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

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

sleeve, Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:53 (three years ago) link

on a Monday though :(

sleeve, Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:54 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

Hmmmm, wonder if the DC show is sold out Thursday

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2018 04:43 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

niels, Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:12 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

:-D

the late great, Friday, 28 September 2018 00:35 (three years ago) link

is this an acid hat?

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

niels, Friday, 28 September 2018 06:00 (three years ago) link

word to that hat!!

the late great, Friday, 28 September 2018 07:43 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

spiritual hat

Οὖτις, Friday, 28 September 2018 15:40 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:33 (three years ago) link

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

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:39 (three years ago) link

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

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:53 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

maisha's there is a place is v good.

calzino, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:47 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

the digital album is available directly from impulse

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:47 (one year ago) link

Yeah, and I've bought it only to be sent a link to just the album art.

If labels are going to pull this shit, they need to do it right.

Ngl, I've already opened a complaint with Paypal over it. It would be like me paying full price for a record that comes out today, only to be handed the sleeve with no vinyl inside.

UMG can kiss my ass.

yeah that's fucked up

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 May 2021 15:23 (one year ago) link

I saw that there is an article in the new Mojo on this scene but haven't seen the new edition yet to see what that article contains.

Stevolende, Friday, 14 May 2021 20:48 (one year ago) link

Shabaka is guesting on today's BBC 6Music Jamz Supernova show (1300-1400 UK time) - which is as good an excuse as any to bang on again about my current favourite show on the radio.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000w4jz

Sons of Kemet Jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings talks through the influences behind his new album Black To The Future, This album begins and ends with powerful lyrical and musical statements of rage and frustration, expressed outwardly in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent BLM protests and features guest vocalists including, Chicago bandleader/vocalist Angel Bat Dawid, American poet Moor Mother, legendary British Grime MC D Double E and British artist/rapper/spoken word musical artist Kojey Radical.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 15 May 2021 10:49 (one year ago) link

"Let the Circle Be Unbroken" is really something and then ""Envision Yourself Levitating" gently and mournfully blowing in afterwards. I'm impressed how distinct this album is from YQIAR while clearly the same collective

rob, Sunday, 16 May 2021 14:09 (one year ago) link

The new Sons of Kemet is on Bandcamp, ftr.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:01 (one year ago) link

thank you!

sleeve, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:30 (one year ago) link

gahh it was pulled from Bandcamp while it was still in my cart, wtf Impulse

sleeve, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:26 (one year ago) link

The new video from the Sons of Kemet album is great:

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

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 23 May 2021 20:15 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

There was a whole ass Soccer96 LP this year that I totally missed?

https://soccer96.bandcamp.com/album/dopamine

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 18 December 2021 00:28 (seven months ago) link

Update: it's really good, and much more cosmic than the post-punk EP with Alabaster dePlume (which I loved as well).

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 23 December 2021 17:25 (seven months ago) link

bro this honks

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 23 December 2021 18:02 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

bro this honks

― maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, December 23, 2021 1:02 PM (three weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 January 2022 00:15 (six months ago) link

gahh it was pulled from Bandcamp while it was still in my cart, wtf Impulse

― sleeve
Yo Sleeve, hope you've got it now!
It's been back on bandcamp for a while, getting to be my Number 1:
https://sonsofkemetmusic.bandcamp.com/album/black-to-the-future

dow, Friday, 14 January 2022 05:28 (six months ago) link

thx, I did get it eventually, I like it but it is def in like my #15-20 range

bad milk blood robot (sleeve), Friday, 14 January 2022 06:10 (six months ago) link

Interesting! What would you say are its limitations? Not gonna argue with you, just wondering about a different way of hearing it.

dow, Friday, 14 January 2022 07:43 (six months ago) link

off the top of my head, I thought it was trying to do too many things at once. I like the vocals and the spoken word stuff but found that it made the record lose focus compared to Your Queen Is A Reptile which I did really love

bad milk blood robot (sleeve), Friday, 14 January 2022 16:52 (six months ago) link

I agree, it's a very good album but feels less focused than Queen. And some of the poetry is too ranty for repeated listening.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 14 January 2022 17:38 (six months ago) link

Preview for the new Binker (Golding) & Moses (Boyd) is unreasonably great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPZxrsS2Hp0

(And if big booming snares remind you of anyone, yep, it’s produced by Hugh Padgham)

Xgau Murder Spa (nikola), Sunday, 16 January 2022 03:11 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

Saw Sons of Kemet for 2nd time last night in DC. Enjoyed 'em again. The energy, propulsive rhythms , etc. Hutchings briefly played flute on one song. Might be kinda nice if they varied their set a bit more like that.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 13:39 (four months ago) link

jellie

Tracer Hand, Monday, 28 March 2022 16:26 (four months ago) link

I missed their Big Ears set (becz I've seen them before and they were scheduled against Patti Smith), but my son loved it. And he and I both got to see Shabaka play Aaron Copland's clarinet concerto with the Knoxville symphony, which was awesome. He should play clarinet more too!

really want to catch them in SF in a few weeks but can only attend one of the two shows they are doing,which is unfortunately sold out right now and people are trying to get mad money for tickets secondhand, even though the second night has plenty of tickets available.

akm, Monday, 28 March 2022 17:43 (four months ago) link

Sorry. DC show had a "low number of tickets available" message on club website on the day of show, but tickets were still available . Saw The Comet is Coming once here here as well. All shows in fairly small rooms.

Hutchings really looked like he was enjoying himself onstage last night. Occasional smiles after wiping off sweat under the hot stage lights in the basement level club.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2022 19:30 (four months ago) link

Missed them last night in Philly because I had a wild weekend and I already have tickets to the Divide & Dissolve/Low show this evening...had a friend who went who said that the weather seemed to really keep people away

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 16:47 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Shabaka's new solo ep Afrikan Culture is meditative swirling flute & harps & bells & other sounds. I really like it as an unexpected departure, though if you're highly allergic to new age, you might not. That said, he's still playing the hell out of his instrument, and it gets more disquieting than I expected at times.

rob, Monday, 23 May 2022 13:53 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I included it in my upcoming Stereogum column but I said it's not jazz so much as something you'd listen to while getting acupuncture.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 23 May 2022 14:03 (two months ago) link

a couple of live Sons of Kemet sets appeared on Dime a couple fo weeks ago. May still be up there. I think they were 24/48 so sound good but filesize largish

Stevolende, Monday, 23 May 2022 14:14 (two months ago) link

xp
Definitely best to not expect jazz. But listening to it reminded me I've been meaning to check out Tony Scott's zen/yoga meditation albums, so I think you could say there's a strain of "jazz musician exploration" history he's tapping into (though now I'm listening to the Zen one and it would be pretty ludicrous to call this jazz)

rob, Monday, 23 May 2022 14:18 (two months ago) link

It's really lovely. I guess it's his pandemic album, but it also makes me wonder if he saw how the Alabaster DePlume album took off and thought "but I'm a real sax player, I can do that one better", lol. I really like it though.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 23 May 2022 15:51 (two months ago) link

I've been listening to 'Afrikan Culture', and although a lot of it is gentle, there are weird, unsettling [Rob used the word 'disquieting'] moments on this album that you wouldn't get on a meditation/relaxation album.

giraffe, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 14:30 (two months ago) link

Still waiting for my copy to get here, but was really intrigued by the Flock album out on Strut:

Flock is a brand new collaboration between five leading musicians from London's open-minded jazz and experimental scenes: Bex Burch (Vula Viel), Sarathy Korwar, Dan “Danalogue” Leavers (Soccer96, The Comet Is Coming), Al MacSween (Maisha) and Tamar Osborn (Collocutor).

Gathering together at The Fish Factory in London Summer 2020, the approach was to try something fresh. “I wrote texts as scores for the session and the emphasis was on breathing and listening to each other,” explains Bex Burch. “Improvisation is composition in itself,” continues Burch, “so although the music was freely improvised, we sometimes chose to stay on form and rhythm, repeating melodies and groove. As Dan commented on the day, we ‘murmurated’. The expansive 13-minute piece ‘How Many Are One’ on the album is the perfect example, a collective following and leading as the music developed.”

https://flock.bandcamp.com/album/flock-2

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 June 2022 15:08 (two months ago) link

Looks v. appealing, thanks---speaking of Soccer96, I said this in 2022 round-up (put their alb on ballots):

Every day I go to school, putting on the headset and smoking Soccer96's Dopamine, riding the drone that takes me to canyons of cans and The Great Spot of Eternal Storm—oops, a little to the left now—another spectacular day at the office. Can't afford to get too jaded, and it's not our job: must send thoughtful reports periodically, cerebrations and celebrations in a minor key, moody with it but also the trace of a voice in the wraparound windscreen is more than answered by excellent passers by, and some ravenous work-outs, solos-as accompaniment, recalling , in effect though not pedantically, Keith Moon, Elvin Jones, and Michael Prain of Die! Die! Die!, Soccer96 being keyboards x drum kit subset of The Comet Is Coming, sometimes aligned with Sons of Kemet, Shabaka and the Ancestors, maybe others.
Not jazz, but I'll take it,

dow, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 17:20 (two months ago) link

After 10 years we have decided that from the end of our scheduled 2022 shows we will be closing this chapter of the band’s life for the foreseeable future. We’re excited to play our remaining gigs for you and to make this summer a fitting send off pic.twitter.com/3OceZqj1jz

— Sons Of Kemet (@SonsOfKemet) June 1, 2022

Speaking of Sons of Kemet.... damn. No doubt these guys will continue with other existing and new projects, but damn, still a loss.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 June 2022 18:18 (two months ago) link

oh no, that sucks! wow I'm super glad I risked seeing them in April now

rob, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 18:59 (two months ago) link

wtf

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 22:03 (two months ago) link

oh no. That's my fave Shabaka project

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 22:52 (two months ago) link

FUUUUCK I missed them in March because they played on a Monday, I'd had a crazy packed weekend, and I was seeing D/D and Low on Tuesday.

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Friday, 3 June 2022 16:13 (two months ago) link

i missed them too as was away when they came to town. it looks like my only other chance to see them would have been primavera but they are playing the other week i'm not there. bah!

stirmonster, Friday, 3 June 2022 16:32 (two months ago) link

i'll catch them when they reunite in five years

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 June 2022 17:09 (two months ago) link

that was a joke, but i'd be pretty surprised if these four guys never play together again

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 June 2022 17:14 (two months ago) link

yeah tbh I wonder what prompted the announcement. Prior to this, I could've easily seen Comet, Ancestors, or Sons never putting out another album without having to make it formal

rob, Friday, 3 June 2022 17:20 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

From the Basement session sounding great:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB4-eH5mGf0

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 30 June 2022 16:45 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

.@SonsOfKemet @NewportJazzFest pic.twitter.com/b0lAB1ZE2A

— jeff (@jazyjef) July 30, 2022

dow, Saturday, 30 July 2022 23:52 (two weeks ago) link

New The Comet Is Coming album, Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam, in September. I haven't heard all of it yet but what I have heard is very good. Here's the first single, "Code":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUiI1SJqgRo

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 31 July 2022 00:17 (one week ago) link

Hey, I was just at the Newport Jazz Festival, they slayed! I don't know the material well enough to know if it was from an album or entirely improvised (which it often felt like).

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 31 July 2022 01:28 (one week ago) link

Barely took any photos at #newportjazzfestival today, but here’s a moment from the incredible @SonsOfKemet set 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SKaAI2bjvn

— Nate Chinen (@natechinen) July 31, 2022

dow, Sunday, 31 July 2022 02:53 (one week ago) link

Join us for #KEXP50, our 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, August 6! The event is FREE, open to the public, and featuring live sets from @chkchkchk @SonsOfKemet @thaogetstaydown @tomonakayama @LIV_musiq + MORE special guests! Info: https://t.co/mNCVJts5Ya pic.twitter.com/4baqnNtdez

— kexp (@kexp) July 22, 2022

dow, Sunday, 31 July 2022 02:55 (one week ago) link


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