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The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

Read "Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

The Comet Is Coming è una delle tre formazioni (Sons of Kemet e Shabaka and the Ancestor, le altre due) attraverso le quali Shabaka Hutchings (punta di diamante e guru della effervescente scena londinese) da forma alla sua proteiforme visione musicale. Il progetto prende forma durante un'esibizione del duo Danalogue (batteria) e Betamax (sintetizzatori) ossia Soccer96, ...

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Cykada: Cykada

Read "Cykada" reviewed by Chris May

Cykada has been making waves on London's genre-melting alternative-jazz scene since 2017, but has yet to acquire a profile akin to those of some of the other bands with which its musicians are involved. These include spiritual-jazz septet Maisha and the Afrobeat-infused Ezra Collective. The release of Cykada, however, is going to strap a booster rocket ...

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Brussels Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey
Brussels, Belgium
January 10-19, 2019

The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the ...

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Kokoroko: Kokoroko

Read "Kokoroko" reviewed by Chris May

If you ask an Afrobeat fan to name their favourite bands--excluding lineups led by Fela Kuti during his lifetime--the probability is that their top five choices will include Seun Kuti's Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti's Positive Force, both based in Lagos, along with Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra, based in London. Other credible outfits have emerged, but ...

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Duncan Eagles: Citizen

Read "Citizen" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Citizen is London-based saxophonist Duncan Eagle's first album under his own name and follows his signing to the burgeoning U.S. label Ropeadope. His other major vehicle is the band Partikel whose eponymously titled debut album was released in 2010 followed by three more critically acclaimed recordings for the Whirlwind label, Cohesion (2013), String Theory (2015) and ...

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The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

Read "Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery" reviewed by Chris May

In 2018, saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet became the first British band to be signed to the canonical US label Impulse. That partnership has now been augmented with the futuristic trio The Comet Is Coming, in which Hutchings goes under the alias King Shabaka. Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is ...

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SEED Ensemble: Driftglass

Read "Driftglass" reviewed by Chris May

After decades in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a rebooted style which reflects both the Caribbean and African musical heritages of the majority of its vanguard players and also locally created musics such as grime and garage. Jazz was created ...

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Makaya McCraven's Universe

Read "Makaya McCraven's Universe" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Drummer Makaya McCraven's new double album Universal Beings mixes the artistry and experimentation of jazz with the irresistible dance beats of hip-hop. It also brings together a dream team of collaborators from London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Brandee Younger and Jeff Parker. This episode of Mondo Jazz celebrates Makaya ...

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Theon Cross: Fyah

Read "Fyah" reviewed by Chris May

Over the last two years years the disruptive slice of the London jazz scene has produced an abundance of four-going-on-five-star albums, but even among such company Fyah stands out. Performed by a tuba, tenor saxophone and drums trio, augmented on two tracks, it is a work of majestic proportions, the embodiment of the neoteric London sound. ...

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Dakhla Brass: Murmur

Read "Murmur" reviewed by Chris May

It never really went away, but during the late 2010s there has been a measurable upsurge of interest in brassy, post-marching-band jazz in Britain. A high-carat jewel on the London scene over the last few years has been tuba player Theon Cross and his band Fyah. Cross also brings his dextrous bass line magic to several ...