A catch-all thread for the current jazz scene in London, including Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Camilla George, Theon Cross, Zara McFarlane, Daniel Casimir, SEED Ensemble,

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I feel like these people deserve a thread of their own, as they're all over each others' records, and there's been so much quality music coming from them in the last few years.

Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 06:28 (two years ago) link

As I mentioned in the general jazz thread, I was really blown away by Nubya Garcia's recent new album. I liked her debut okay, but it seemed like a fairly conservative hard bop affair, whereas this one is on a whole new level:


Might be my album of the year, unless something equally impressive comes from this camp later, which wouldn't be surprising.

Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 06:31 (two years ago) link

Whoops, looks like I made the thread title too long, and some of it was cut, it was supposed to read:

A catch-all thread for the current jazz scene in London, including Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Camilla George, Theon Cross, Zara McFarlane, Daniel Casimir, SEED Ensemble, Nérija, Kokoroko and related acts

Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 06:32 (two years ago) link

There is another thread which has been quite active.

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

grebo shot first (Noel Emits), Thursday, 10 September 2020 07:03 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I saw that one, I just figured it would make sense to have a thread that's not named after one artist alone, for search purposes etc. Also, since so many of the crucial players in this scene are women (in a typically male-dominated genre), it feels a bit odd to discuss them in a male artist's thread, no?

Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:33 (two years ago) link

I forgot to put Sarah Tandy's name on the list, but she's the pianist for Camilla George's band (and plays on SEED Ensemble and Yazz Ahmed albums as well), and I've enjoyed her solo debut from last year quite a bit too. The closing track especially is an exquisite jazz-funk number:


Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:41 (two years ago) link

Aye, fair enough. xp

Haven't fully listened to Nubya Garcia's album but I have been playing the title track, it's quite lush. Is there anything else as good on there in your estimation?

grebo shot first (Noel Emits), Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:07 (two years ago) link

The title track is probably the best one on the album, but besides that one I'm especially liking these two excursions into different styles:



Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:11 (two years ago) link

This whole scene is one of my favorite things going right now. Agree that the Subya Garcia album is great, and Moses Boyd remains my album of the year. Shabaka and the Ancestors is also fantastic (in addition to all the other great Shabaka projects).

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:54 (two years ago) link

The Moses Boyd record's instrumental bits are really lovely, but for some reason I am not so into the vocal tracks-- their lyrical content doesn't suit the music, to my ears (unlike, say, some of the Sons of Kemet vocal tracks--).

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Thursday, 10 September 2020 14:31 (two years ago) link

I mostly like the vocals on the Boyd album, but the way it's arranged and programmed is a bit too neat and Ninja Tune for me, I wish it had more looseness and rough edges. It's still good though.

Tuomas, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:10 (two years ago) link

My Tweet for Nubya---first couple tracks sounded tame at first, but by second spin I got the whole thing: Her tenor sax centers dynamic jazz ballads: straight-ahead, dubwise, cumbia, orbital. V. satisfying & more, please.

Edi Soda is more jazz pop, in an imaginative, early 80s British-as-Hell way:
Body, brio, beats, trombones, other horns, dubwise, occasional voices: this album (titled Ugh) will get you or at least me high for a night.

Got into these and a lot more via the 2-CD edition of Kaleidoscope, comp on Soul Jazz. Talked about them and others (incl exc Gilles Peters Presents MV4 and advance tracks from next month's Blue Note Re: Imagined) here:
the shape of acid jazz to come: MOSES BOYD's Dark Matter
(my original gateway was We Out Here

dow, Thursday, 10 September 2020 21:07 (two years ago) link

high for a night at a time, I meant! Or really on into the next morning, with no hangover.

This solo Nubya isn't as complex as Nérija, whose Blume made my Uproxx Top Ten last year----ballot comments
Nérija is certainly compatible with Boom Tic Boom, though *maybe* more persistently passionate, romantic, even, at certain peaks---Blume in Luv?---with perfect timing vanishing into trusted impulse, or so it seems (jazz).
Take it away, bandcamp:
Nérija is Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija. Vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current, Blume takes you on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work of their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

dow, Thursday, 10 September 2020 21:15 (two years ago) link

Members of Nerija also perform as SEED Ensemble and KOKOROKO, both of whom released great records in 2019/20. I'd also recommend the Foulden Road set by Neue Grafik: https://neuegrafik.bandcamp.com/

fetter, Friday, 11 September 2020 07:11 (two years ago) link

Members of Nerija also perform as SEED Ensemble and KOKOROKO, both of whom released great records in 2019/20.

I agree with the recommendations of SEED Ensemble and Kokoroko, but I wouldn't really say members of Nérija perform "as" those other bands; AFAIK all three are separate bands with some overlapping and some unique members. According to their press release "Nérija began from an initiative created to specifically address the imbalance in the number of women achieving success in the music industry"; i.e. they're an all-women jazz band (something of a rarity even today), whereas SEED and Kokoroko are mixed.

Tuomas, Friday, 11 September 2020 08:44 (two years ago) link

Cassie Kinoshi and Sheila Maurice-Grey are in all three bands, Rio Kai and Shirley Tetteh are in Nerija & SEED Ensemble, while all the other players are unique to each band.

mike t-diva, Friday, 11 September 2020 09:32 (two years ago) link

ok, "perform in" then. Think Nerija had a bloke on bass when I saw them, although that might've changed.

fetter, Friday, 11 September 2020 10:51 (two years ago) link

Yeah, the new bass player is Rio Kai, who's also in SEED Ensemble. I interviewed Shirley Tetteh awhile ago and she explained how he came on board.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 11 September 2020 11:07 (two years ago) link

heard KOKOROKO on the Proms this week and they were fire

how do i shot moon? (Noodle Vague), Friday, 11 September 2020 11:09 (two years ago) link

Indeed they were; the level of unassuming talent across this whole scene is amazing

fetter, Friday, 11 September 2020 11:29 (two years ago) link

My favourite and most-played release from this scene over the past few months has been Yazz Ahmed's Polyhymnia. Nubya Garcia and Shirley Tetteh guest on it, amongst many others. Gorgeous artwork, too.

mike t-diva, Friday, 11 September 2020 11:47 (two years ago) link

I haven't seen keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones mentioned yet itt -- plays on Nubya Garcia's records, and in the group Ezra Collective, in addition to recording under his own name.

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Friday, 11 September 2020 11:48 (two years ago) link

I've been told that Joe Armon-Jones is fantastic live. His Starting Today album from 2018 was one of my key entry points into this scene.

mike t-diva, Friday, 11 September 2020 12:09 (two years ago) link

Mike: One of mine as well! I still love that album, but strangely I never warmed to his 2019 release (which I'm forgetting the name of). Perhaps I'm due for another listen.

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Friday, 11 September 2020 12:15 (two years ago) link

Zara McFarlane's Arise was a great discovery for me earlier this year. I've listened to her new one a few times but can't quite decide what I think--anyone else given that a shot?

rob, Friday, 11 September 2020 12:45 (two years ago) link

Armon-Jones and his group play on most of this, as house-band interacting with guests; it's fine as wine (think just about everything I've heard involving him is v. good). Ishmael Ensemble plays well too:

Gilles Peterson Presents MV4
...Taken from a day of live sessions in London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios - studio MV4 to be exact, it was originally intended just for Peterson’s BBC radio show broadcast on 20th October 2018. Struck by what a special moment the sessions captured, Peterson has decided to mark the results with a release proper on his Brownswood imprint.

A limited special double vinyl release*, it features a diverse, all-star cast of some of the acts celebrated by Peterson in recent years, in a series of freewheeling and off-the-cuff recordings, several of the tracks backed by the group of Brownswood signee, Joe Armon-Jones. Featuring Dylan Jones, James Mollison, Mutale Chashi, and Marijus Aleksa as well as guest turns from Fatima, Asheber, Nubya Garcia, Hak Baker, and Oscar Jerome, plus a double track special from Bristol based collective, Ishmael Ensemble.
*Download also available; I've got it---can listen to the whole thing here:
https://mv4music.bandcamp.com/album/gilles-peterson-presents-mv4 (Although if it's still on evil YouTube, may sound better there, as a lot things do these days.)

dow, Friday, 11 September 2020 17:58 (two years ago) link

I was going to talk about Zara McFarlane here - she's a sublime talent, Arise is a wonderful record and her cover of 'Fisherman' by The Congos is astonishing - but I also found it difficult to latch onto the new one. It got better towards the end but maybe too much watery electronica and not enough bite. More live instrumentation would probably have helped.

Matt DC, Friday, 11 September 2020 18:05 (two years ago) link

Well put, that's exactly how I felt (and the "Fisherman" cover is truly sublime). I'd love to hear her vocals on something like Garcia's "The Source"

rob, Friday, 11 September 2020 18:09 (two years ago) link

Nubya Garcia recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR from a studio in London that's inside a lighthouse:


but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:01 (two years ago) link

That must be inside the Trinity Buoy Wharf lighthouse, which for the last 20 years has been playing a piece of constantly changing generative music intended to last 1,000 years.

(I mean I assume it is, I can't imagine there are any other lighthouses in London).

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:29 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

I've listened to Universal Beings last week and now I'm listening to the Nubya Garcia and I'm not stopping here. I love these records that seem to do an overview of the history of jazz, drawing equally from the tradition and other influences. I'm still discovering but it's a joy. I don't think I had listened to contemporary jazz since Matana Roberts, with an exception or two (Shabaka's Wisdom of Elders notably).

Nabozo, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:12 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

This McCraven remix of "Source" is pretty banging: https://nubyagarcia.bandcamp.com/album/source-makaya-mccraven-remix

rob, Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:21 (two years ago) link

for ukers bbc4 got a live jazz 625 programme on bbc4 a week on Friday ft nubya garcia, poppy ajudha , moses boyd, kokoroko etc

oscar bravo, Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:42 (two years ago) link

Yazz Ahmed record mentioned upthread is fire, exactly what I'm looking for at the moment.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:17 (two years ago) link

Recommend the Blue Note Re:Imagined album which works as a primer to the scene. http://www.bluenote.com/artist/blue-note-reimagined/

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 15 November 2020 23:03 (two years ago) link

Great comp, Jorja Smith's cover of "Rose Rouge" has been a particularly big track for me.

Tim F, Sunday, 15 November 2020 23:09 (two years ago) link

Watching the Jazz625 show from last night. The 'Jools Holland setup' of the studio is tricky and a bit sterile but damn Sons of Kemet killing it.

The whole thing does lack a bit of Jools' charisma and boogie-woogie piano.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 21 November 2020 19:46 (two years ago) link

Shabaka is such a sweet guy.


Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 21 November 2020 19:50 (two years ago) link

a primer to the scene. http://www.bluenote.com/artist/blue-note-reimagined/
Also, Soul Jazz Records comp Kaleidoscope has led to me to so many recent, excellent albums by contributors!

dow, Saturday, 21 November 2020 21:19 (two years ago) link

The Jazz 625 thing was great, esp. Sarathy Korthar, who just keeps putting out amazing stuff.

mahb, Monday, 23 November 2020 14:34 (two years ago) link

very much enjoyed the Yazz Ahmed, thanks thread

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 01:16 (two years ago) link

xp the soul jazz comp is pretty excellent, i already had several of tracks on it because i've been following the scene a bit but i don't mind because the pressing and sound is fantastic

the late great, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 01:29 (two years ago) link

I find remix es of (acoustic) jazz often to be a mixed bag, but Yazz Ahmed's new "Polyhymnia Remixed" EP is excellent! Four remixes of last year's album's tracks, and they're all top-notch, each of them has an interesting enough new angle to the source material while still sounding like Ahmed.

Tuomas, Saturday, 28 November 2020 23:09 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"An Ill Considered Christmas" is currently on heavy rotation in my house, although I admit I don't recognise most of the tunes they're interpreting, so it's not *that* xmassy.

mahb, Friday, 18 December 2020 14:08 (one year ago) link

New Yussef Dayes live double LP --> https://yussefdayes.com/

I like the Kamaal Williams solo outing from earlier this yr, but this is scratching the itch for some lengthier jams.

dronestreet, Friday, 18 December 2020 14:53 (one year ago) link

Been dipping a toe into this scene recently - kickstarted by tipsy mothra bringing up Moses Boyd in the Sault thread.

Yazz Ahmed - Polyhymnia
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter

REALLY Liking:
Nubya Garcia - Source
Shabaka & the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History

It's been so long since I've listened to things that are fully-blown jazz that I kind of feel like I've forgotten how to listen to them properly, if that makes sense? But I guess a lot of what's coming out of this scene has aspects that people who've primarily listening to non-jazz stuff can still hook on to.

Going to work my way through the Shabaka Hutchings-related projects (Your Queen Is A Reptile by SoK, which I'd managed to misss at the time, sounds great on a first listen), then check out the compilations mentioned & the BBC showcases and see where I go from there. Really nice to find new jazz that I like again anyway.

Mr Andy M, Saturday, 19 December 2020 16:48 (one year ago) link

fwiw there are a couple other threads that preceded this one:
the shape of acid jazz to come: MOSES BOYD's Dark Matter
London jazz wizard Shabaka Hutchings: Sons of Kemet / The Comet Is Coming / Shabaka & the Ancestors

I'm pretty sure I like Your Queen and the previous Ancestors album more than WASHBH but that might just be a reflection of how awesome it was to first discover Hutchings.

I've been considering a dedicated Garcia thread as this point I might be most into The Source out of those four, but that might be thread overload

rob, Saturday, 19 December 2020 17:18 (one year ago) link

Thanks, yeah I've taken a flick through those threads as well.
Source really is a cracker. Will give Nubya's 5ive a shot at some point soon (although the comments upthread suggest it's maybe not quite as exciting).

Mr Andy M, Saturday, 19 December 2020 17:40 (one year ago) link

Finally bought this:
Blue Note Re:imagined presents classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents today. Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project will feature contributions from a rollcall of internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts – Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Mr Jukes, Steam Down, Skinny Pelembe, Emma-Jean Thackray, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei, Fieh, Ishmael Ensemble, Blue Lab Beats, Melt Yourself Down, Yazmin Lacey, Alfa Mist, and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith.
It really is re:imagined, sometimes going pretty far, but honoring the originals, often w very deep calm delvings, accessible and thoughtful, never laid back or hyper. Especially struck, at the moment, by "Maiden Voyage" with a vocal chorus where Freddie Hubbard's trumpet was, but not just imitating his lines. Also I'm now getting more aware of, for instance, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson as *composers*, wanting to get more into their catalogs (well played, Blue Note).

dow, Saturday, 19 December 2020 17:42 (one year ago) link

(Think I slightly prefer Disc 2, but was fiddling w my boombox settings some during Disc 1.)

dow, Saturday, 19 December 2020 17:44 (one year ago) link

Source really is a cracker. Will give Nubya's 5ive a shot at some point soon (although the comments upthread suggest it's maybe not quite as exciting)
It's a good album, but way more straightforward, no-frills jazz than Source. You should check out the SEED Ensemble album and Yazz Ahmed's Le Saboteuse, IMO those are the two albums from this scene that are closest to Source. Maisha's two albums and two EPs are kinda in the same mood too.

Tuomas, Saturday, 26 December 2020 22:22 (one year ago) link

^Thanks Tuomas. I was actually listening to the SEED Ensemble - Driftglass album a few days ago (after enjoying their tune on the Soul Jazz comp). I like it a lot and can hear the similarities to Source. I ended up enjoying Nubya's 5ive as well, especially the first version of Hold.
Will try the Maisha albums next, and La Saboteuse (Polyhymnia just gets better & better the more I listen to it).

Mr Andy M, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 23:02 (one year ago) link

I like that Yussef Dayes live album mentioned above, and through that I backed my way into his album with Tom Misch from earlier in the year: http://www.bluenote.com/artist/tom-misch-yussef-dayes/. Also pretty cool.

This Kokoroko Proms set was part of NPR's New Year's Eve party, this time in quarantine, so all prev. recorded, pretty lively though. Scroll down this page for link, to stream/download:
With roots in Africa and the Caribbean, this eight-piece band blends the sounds of Afrobeat and jazz with a West African approach to improvisation. KOKOROKO plays music that grabs your attention and makes you want to move in the funkiest way possible. The band performed this concert — its very first concert since the pandemic began — at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with no audience. But that didn't stop KOKOROKO from getting it done like they always do.
Set List:
"Abusey Junction"
"Flip Story"
"Baba Ayoola"
"Age of Ascent"
"Carry Me Home"
Musicians: Sheila Maurice-Grey, trumpet; Cassie Kinoshi, saxophone; Richie Seivewright, trombone; Oscar Jerome, guitar; Yohan Kebede, keys; Mutale Chashi; bass; Ayo Salawu, drums; Onome Edgeworth, percussion.

dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 18:16 (one year ago) link

Their Oscar Jerome also takes a great spotlight turn with the Joe Armon-Jones group on that Gilles Peterson live set I linked way upthread.

dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 18:21 (one year ago) link

And this was my *first* gateway:https://weouthere.bandcamp.com/album/we-out-here
Maisha - Inside The Acorn 05:57
Ezra Collective - Pure Shade 06:33
Moses Boyd - The Balance 05:44
Theon Cross - Brockley 03:36
Nubya Garcia - Once 05:28
Shabaka Hutchings - Black Skin, Black Masks 07:03
Triforce - Walls 05:26
Joe Armon-Jones - Go See 07:43
Kokoroko - Abusey Junction 07:09

dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 18:27 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

From Sounds Of The Universe: new 2-part collection(s):

Jazzman present their overview of the contemporary exponents of Spiritual Jazz; musicians who are intent on bringing something personal to the table, as much as they recognize the importance of those who have paved the way for them. Features music recorded within the past 20 years and from 15 different countries, including modern classics from the likes of Chip Wickham, Nat Birchall, Shabaka & the Ancestors through to veterans such as Idris Ackamoor, providing a vital link between the past masters and the enlightened new generation.
Track list for Pt. 1:
Benjamin Herman - Lizard Waltz
2 Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel Fell
3 Nat Birchall - The Black Ark
4 Chip Wickham - Shamal Wind
5 Jimi Tenor and Kabukabu - Suite Meets
6 Black Flower - Winter
7 Darryl Yokley - Echoes of Ancient Sahara
8 Damon Lock's Black Monument Ensemble - Sounds Like Now
9 Oiro Pena - Nimeton
10 Cat Toren - Soul
11 Shabaka & the Ancestors - Nguni
12 Makaya McCraven - Gnawa
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/spiritual-jazz-13-now-pt-1
Track List for Pt. 2:
1 The Cosmic Range - Palms to Heaven
2 Vibration Black Finger - Empty Streets
3 Abeeku - Slow Sweet Burn
4 Wildflower - Flute Song
5 The Pyramids - Memory Ritual
6 Steve Reid - For Coltrane 08:04
7 Carla Marciano - Trane's Groove
8 Angel Bat Dawid - What do I tell my children who are black (Dr. Margaret
9 Menagerie - Nova
10 Teemu Akerblom - Avo's Tune
11 The Jamie Saft Quartet - Vessels
12 Jonas Kullhammar - Paris
More Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/spiritual-jazz-13-now-pt-2

dow, Monday, 18 January 2021 19:07 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

New Sons of Kemet album, Black to the Future, out in May. I've heard it; it's great. There's a video for the first single:


but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 00:08 (one year ago) link

well that sounds awesome

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:04 (one year ago) link

Into it

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:44 (one year ago) link

Also I see Les Twins finally have some competition in the twin-based dance duo sector

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:46 (one year ago) link

Heard this yesterday and it was stuck in my head all day

Indexed, Friday, 2 April 2021 12:57 (one year ago) link

Sounds and looks so cool. Has something Caribbean that may or may not be Trinidad and also something of Keleketla, which is still my favorite album from last year.

Nabozo, Friday, 2 April 2021 13:12 (one year ago) link

Has something Caribbean that may or may not be Trinidad

Hutchings is from Barbados.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 2 April 2021 13:24 (one year ago) link

Excellent song. I'm impressed at how relatively restrained it is. I saw a headline about this being released (on a Nate Chinen piece via an NPR affiliate) that nonsensically called it "fiery." Super excited to hear the rest of the album now

rob, Friday, 2 April 2021 13:37 (one year ago) link

SoK were the group that got me into all this London stuff, and I'm unreasonably excited about this record...their last one remains one of my most-played from the past few years.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:45 (one year ago) link

yeah I'm stoked

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:51 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I don't know to what if any degree Dave DeRose ties into the rest of the London scene, but this new Agile Experiments album is pretty cool.


This new Kemet album is incendiary

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 16 May 2021 03:36 (one year ago) link

I cannot fucking believe this is currently only available via Apple in the US?

sleeve, Sunday, 16 May 2021 04:00 (one year ago) link

OK it's on Spotify too, but I want a real copy

sleeve, Sunday, 16 May 2021 04:37 (one year ago) link

The new one killed me last night. I think I like it better than the last one.

Deicide at Chuck E. Cheese (PBKR), Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:54 (one year ago) link

it's fantastic

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:59 (one year ago) link

Expected more from the double e collaboration.

candyman, Monday, 17 May 2021 07:40 (one year ago) link

Like this more than the last one on first contact. Deliberately didn’t listen ago anything pre release. Hustle is deliciously low key. Very happy.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 17 May 2021 08:09 (one year ago) link

great album

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 17 May 2021 10:01 (one year ago) link

don't think i'll go back to the spoken word pieces to much more but everything else is on heavy repeat

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Monday, 17 May 2021 20:32 (one year ago) link

Listening to this know, and oh man, "Pick Up the Burning Cross" is probably the most intense thing they've ever recorded, it's incredible!

Tuomas, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 17:19 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

June 18 Rosie Turton EP Expansions and Transformations: Part I & II is totally refreshing from first notes, riding with Turton's deep, luminous trombone--fave so far is "part II, where she's in call and response wi violin---skylight electronics passing over them both at one point, with piano periphery and roiling bass and drums---they kick up the tempo on "The Unknown (Rework)," a new version of a song from 2018 alb Rosie's 5ive. and a closing remix of "Part II" keeps it up, without getting gimmicky: whole thing is reflective, eyecaching grain of acoustic jazz with electronics (and influence of associated dynamics) folded into the planes o' flow:https://rosieturton.bandcamp.com/album/expansions-and-transformations-part-i-ii

dow, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 18:33 (one year ago) link

Yeah, good stuff. Thanks for the heads up.

five months pass...

So I find the process behind Makaya McCraven - Deciphering the Message really fascinating but maybe more than the music itself ? Very pleasant sound nonetheless, part of me wishes it was transformed even further, part of me thinks it's perfect like that. It opens so many possibilities too.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:07 (one year ago) link

It's a fun album, if not nearly as compelling as his last outings.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:46 (one year ago) link

In pure jazz fashion, I will pick up on the conversation in the other thread that mentions Theon Cross, who is opening on the first track of Liminal Space, released by Ill Considered on 12 Nov 2021, a mix of live impro with takes added in the studio. The first reviews say it is colossal, groovy, energetic, shamanistic. Second track is arabic jazz, third track adds flutes, a great bassline and textures (think Shabaka meets Batsumi), fourth track is contemplative Ethio-jazz, fifth track intense and swirling like its title suggests. This is a really cool record.

Line-up: Idris Rahman (saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) and Emre Ramazanoglu (drums), but also a range of collaborators such as Collocutor’s Tamar Osborn, Steam Down saxophonist Ahnanse, tuba player Theon Cross and percussionist Sarathy Korwar.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 12:34 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I've been a fan of Ill Considered since the beginning, and included their new album (and bassist Daniel Casimir's new one) in my latest Stereogum column.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 12:37 (one year ago) link

Ill Considered is on my to-listen list, sounds awesome Nabozo. I liked most of Cross's new album this year too

I enjoy Deciphering the Message a lot, but McCraven needs to release a proper new album so we can have an overdue dedicated thread and stop discussing him in the London jazz thread lol

rob, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:37 (one year ago) link

the Casimir album is really nice, lands right in the middle between the Boyd and Garcia albums to my ears

rob, Tuesday, 7 December 2021 22:32 (eleven months ago) link

eight months pass...

Ilxor Daniel RF said that the first xpost Blue Note Re: Imagined sounded like a wine bar, but a good one, and the rearrangements were creative enough to get me wondering about certain Blue Note stalwarts I'd taken as a local jazz station given, without going further into their catalogs---well played, Blue Note. So here's the follow-up on CD and 2-LP, shipping Aug. 12:

Blue Npte Re:Imagined II

Blue Note Re:imagined returns in 2022 with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe in 2020, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalog, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene. The second volume presents covers of classic Blue Note tracks by Donald Byrd, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Bobbi Humphrey, Marlena Shaw, Chico Hamilton, Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Cassandra Wilson, and Norah Jones by a rollcall of acclaimed talent including Yazz Ahmed, Conor Albert, Parthenope, Swindle, Nubiyan Twist, Ego Ella May, Oscar Jerome, Daniel Casimir, Theon Cross, Maya Delilah, Kay Young, Venna & Marco, Reuben James, Binker Golding, Cherise, and Franc Moody.


1. Yazz Ahmed - It
2. Conor Albert - You Make Me Feel So Good
3. Parthenope - Don’t Know Why
4. Swindle - Miss Kane
5. Nubiyan Twist - Through The Noise (Chant No.2)
6. Ego Ella May - Morning Side Of Love
7. Oscar Jerome - Green With Envy
8. Daniel Casimir ft. Rita Moran - Lost
9. Theon Cross - Epistrophy
10. Maya Delilah - Harvest Moon
11. Kay Young - Feel Like Making Love
12. Venna & Marco - Where Are We Going
13. Reuben James - Infant Eyes
14. Binker Golding - Fort Worth
15. Cherise - Sunrise
16. Franc Moody - Cristo Redentor
Ego Ella May “The Morning Side of Love” / Theon Cross “Epistrophy” – 7” Vinyl Single

Kay Young “Feel Like Making Love” / Venna & Marco Bernardis “Where Are We Going?” – 7” Vinyl Single

dow, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 00:02 (three months ago) link

The Comet Is Coming are touring the US in October. I saw them a couple of years ago — if they come to your town, GO.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 00:04 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

two Shabaka threads, so let’s do an xpost:

a concert this coming Tuesday that might be of interest to Londoners, with sets from three Native Rebel artists, Shabaka Hutchings’ record label:


mentioning it because I saw The Brother Moves On from Johannesburg in Amsterdam last night and they were awesome. I only knew their “You Think You Know Me” from last year because it was nominated in Tom Ewing’s EOY Twitter poll. great track, but not very representative (and they didn’t play it).

they performed as a five-piece band (guitar, bass, drums and two saxophonists/flutists) plus wonderful frontman/vocalist Siyabonga Mthembu.
there’s a lot of jazz in what they do, but (to my ears at least) it’s local SA genres at the heart of it all. their Wikipedia entry mentions “maskandi rock” (and “ninja gospel” fwiw).

listening to their recent album right now, and I’m enjoying it, but it can’t hold a candle to the live performance. go see them live if you can.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 November 2022 21:08 (three weeks ago) link

I guess I might add that they somehow manage to be intense and fun at the same time

btw, I didn’t realize just how recent that album is, it came out two weeks ago. having listened to their previous one, Tolika Mtoliki from last year (not on Native Rebel), yesterday as well, I feel that one might actually be better.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 12 November 2022 09:42 (three weeks ago) link

winter jazzfest in nyc has a jamie branch memorial show in the works

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