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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^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 (four 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 (four 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-2021
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.
59:57
Set 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 (four 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 (four months ago) link

And this was my *first* gateway:https://weouthere.bandcamp.com/album/we-out-here
1.
Maisha - Inside The Acorn 05:57
2.
Ezra Collective - Pure Shade 06:33
3.
Moses Boyd - The Balance 05:44
4.
Theon Cross - Brockley 03:36
5.
Nubya Garcia - Once 05:28
6.
Shabaka Hutchings - Black Skin, Black Masks 07:03
7.
Triforce - Walls 05:26
8.
Joe Armon-Jones - Go See 07:43
9.
Kokoroko - Abusey Junction 07:09

dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 18:27 (four 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
Burroughs)
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 (three 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:

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

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

well that sounds awesome

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

Into it

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

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

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

yeah I'm stoked

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


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