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

fetter, Friday, 11 September 2020 11:29 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months 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 (eight months 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six months ago) link

Shabaka is such a sweet guy.


Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 21 November 2020 19:50 (six 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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

very much enjoyed the Yazz Ahmed, thanks thread

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

well that sounds awesome

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

Into it

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

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

Indexed, Friday, 2 April 2021 12:57 (two months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 (two months ago) link

yeah I'm stoked

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

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

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

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

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

it's fantastic

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

Expected more from the double e collaboration.

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

great album

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

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