by Bruce Lindsay
Outhouse, part of the London-based Loop Collective, is an outfit that's willing to explore--and not just within the boundaries of jazz. After a trip to The Gambia in 2007, the band brought five Wolof drummers to the UK to record its second album, Ruhabi (Babel, 2010). For third album Straw, Sticks And Bricks the core quartet is joined by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson who adds a chordal instrument to the Outhouse lineup and so takes the tonal qualities of the ...read more
by Chris May
This glorious album by London quartet Outhouse is among the most fruitful comminglings of jazz and West African musics ever recorded. It's the band's second disc, following Outhouse (Babel, 2008), and develops an experiment included on that debut. This featured Kaw Secka, a tama drummer from The Gambia, on one track. Secka returns on Ruhabi along with four other drummers from The Gambia, variously playing tamas (small, high-pitched talking drums) and sabars (conga-like drums played with a combined stick and ...read more
by Chris May
The two tenor saxophone-led Outhouse quartet are members of London's Loop Collective of musicians, a younger sibling of the city's pioneering F-ire Collective. Both collectives are focused on the exploratory, culturally inclusive and on occasion brutally iconoclastic end of the jazz spectrum, and between them they've put forward some of the most exciting British jazz of the past three or four years.
To date, the longer established F-ire have created the biggest stir, with Acoustic Ladyland, ...read more