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The Comet Is Coming

The Comet Is Coming are a London-based band who incorporate elements of jazz, electronica, funk and psychedelic rock. They are signed to The Leaf Label and released their debut EP Prophecy on limited edition 12" vinyl on 13 November 2015, with the full-length album Channel The Spirits following on 1 April 2016. The band members go by the pseudonyms "King Shabaka", "Danalogue the Conquerer" and "Betamax Killer"; who are saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, synth player Dan Leavers and drummer Max Hallett respectively. The imagery associated with the band is based around outer space, science fiction and B-movies, as can be seen in the music videos for their singles "Neon Baby" and "Do the Milky Way", as well as in song titles and artwork

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Article: Live Review

Shabaka Hutchings At Barbican Hall

Read "Shabaka Hutchings At Barbican Hall" reviewed by Chris May


Shabaka Hutchings Barbican HallPerceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its GraceLondon May 9, 2024 Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ... London's Shabaka Hutchings has become best known for his incendiary open-the-gates work on tenor saxophone with Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and the South African-based Shabaka & The Ancestors. But ...

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Article: Album Review

Shabaka Hutchings: Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

Read "Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace" reviewed by Chris May


Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ... Since signing with with Impulse! in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings has become best known for his incendiary work on tenor saxophone with Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors. Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace marks the start of a gentler, more instrospective phase in his music ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shabaka: This Is The Moment To Make Patient Music

Read "Shabaka: This Is The Moment To Make Patient Music" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Shabaka Hutchings grew up between the UK and Barbados. He started playing clarinet as a young boy in Barbados and eventually moved back to England to go to music school in the early 2000s.After college he began a period of working furiously on a kaleidoscopic range of projects and became an icon of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Champagne Dub: Rainbow

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Rainbow is not a jazz album, not in a million light years, but it is a blast, and the two core members of Champagne Dub are British jazz-and-beyond musicians who have made careers out of going off piste. Good reasons for lending an ear. The renegade twosome are Max Hallett (aka Betamax), who ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...

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Article: Album Review

Graham Collier: Down Another Road @ Stockholm Jazz Days ’69

Read "Down Another Road @ Stockholm Jazz Days ’69" reviewed by Chris May


In 1969, when the composer and bassist Graham Collier took his sextet to Stockholm Jazz Days to give a live performance of their album Down Another Road (Fontana, 1969), the presence of a British band onstage at a European jazz festival was exceptional. The idea that British musicians would one day have their names on the ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Andrew Neil Hayes: Tenor Badness

Read "Andrew Neil Hayes: Tenor Badness" reviewed by Chris May


Something big and wild and loud was stirring on the alternative British jazz scene around 2015, 2016. In London, high-voltage tenor sax and drums duo Binker and Moses made their debut album, as did jazz-rock power trio The Comet Is Coming. Meanwhile, in the west of the country, in the port city of Bristol, tenor saxophonist ...

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Article: Album Review

Run Logan Run: Nature Will Take Care Of You

Read "Nature Will Take Care Of You" reviewed by Chris May


Although they often remain below the radar of the international jazz audience, British cities other than London support thriving jazz and beyond-jazz scenes, and the port of Bristol has a particularly fertile one. Among its luminaries are Run Logan Run, a duo comprising saxophonist Andrew Neil Hayes and drummer Matt Brown. Nature Will Take Care Of ...

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Article: Album Review

Edrix Puzzle: Coming Of The Moon Dogs

Read "Coming Of The Moon Dogs" reviewed by Chris May


There are precious few records out there that one feels confident in recommending to connoisseurs of cosmic jazz-rockers The Comet Is Coming, but Coming Of The Moon Dogs is one of them. The disc is the first full-length album from Edrix Puzzle, another British band who are stretching the definition of jazz while being audibly across ...


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