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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Shaman!

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California-based tenor saxophonist and composer Idris Ackamoor, who has one foot in magical realism and the other in the politicised school of spiritual-jazz, relaunched his 1970s band the Pyramids in 2015. A year later, the group released the acclaimed We Be All Africans, which was followed in 2018 by the equally noteworthy An Angel Fell (both on Strut). Shaman! is the revived Pyramids' third winner in a row. It is also the most ambitious album in Ackamoor's ...

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Idris Ackamoor: An Afro-Futurist Odyssey

Read "Idris Ackamoor: An Afro-Futurist Odyssey" reviewed by Chris May

In summer 2020, Idris Ackamoor will release Shaman! on Britain's Strut label. It is his third album with the post-2015 incarnation of his 1970s band, The Pyramids. It reunites Ackamoor with flautist Margaux Simmons, with whom he had co-founded The Pyramids in 1972. Ackamoor's route to Afro-Futurist jazz began in the US in the 1960s, but was fast tracked in 1972, when he and the band, then a trio, began a year travelling and performing in Africa. ...

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Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait

Read "Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

[If this program is unavailable in your country from Mixcloud, please scroll down and listen via the Soundcloud player embedded below.] This week we feature an exclusive interview with, and two hours of music by, Idris Ackamoor, the bay area saxophonist who will be making a much-anticipated U.S. tour in the coming days. An iconoclast like Thelonious Monk once famously said “You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you're ...


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