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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 commentsNérija 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.https://nerijamusic.bandcamp.com/
― dow, Thursday, 10 September 2020 21:15 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link
Indeed they were; the level of unassuming talent across this whole scene is amazing
― fetter, Friday, 11 September 2020 11:29 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link
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 (six months ago) link
This McCraven remix of "Source" is pretty banging: https://nubyagarcia.bandcamp.com/album/source-makaya-mccraven-remix
― rob, Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:21 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (four months ago) link
Shabaka is such a sweet guy.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 21 November 2020 19:50 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link
very much enjoyed the Yazz Ahmed, thanks thread
― howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 01:16 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link
"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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link
Been dipping a toe into this scene recently - kickstarted by tipsy mothra bringing up Moses Boyd in the Sault thread.
Liking:Yazz Ahmed - PolyhymniaMoses Boyd - Dark Matter
REALLY Liking:Nubya Garcia - SourceShabaka & 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 (three months ago) link
fwiw there are a couple other threads that preceded this one:the shape of acid jazz to come: MOSES BOYD's Dark MatterLondon 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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)
― Tuomas, Saturday, 26 December 2020 22:22 (three months 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 (three months 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.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 31 December 2020 02:25 (three months ago) link
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:https://www.npr.org/2020/12/28/948032453/toast-of-the-nation-2021With 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.59:57Set List:"Uman" "Abusey Junction" "Ti-de" "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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link
And this was my *first* gateway:https://weouthere.bandcamp.com/album/we-out-here1.Maisha - Inside The Acorn 05:572.Ezra Collective - Pure Shade 06:333.Moses Boyd - The Balance 05:444.Theon Cross - Brockley 03:365.Nubya Garcia - Once 05:286.Shabaka Hutchings - Black Skin, Black Masks 07:037.Triforce - Walls 05:268.Joe Armon-Jones - Go See 07:439.Kokoroko - Abusey Junction 07:09
― dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 18:27 (three months ago) link
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 - GnawaMore Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/spiritual-jazz-13-now-pt-1Track 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 Burroughs) 9 Menagerie - Nova 10 Teemu Akerblom - Avo's Tune 11 The Jamie Saft Quartet - Vessels 12 Jonas Kullhammar - ParisMore Info & Audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/spiritual-jazz-13-now-pt-2
― dow, Monday, 18 January 2021 19:07 (three months ago) link
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 (two weeks ago) link
well that sounds awesome
― G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:04 (two weeks ago) link
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:44 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link
Heard this yesterday and it was stuck in my head all day
― Indexed, Friday, 2 April 2021 12:57 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 week ago) link
yeah I'm stoked
― I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:51 (one week ago) link