Soweto Kinch: White JujuBy
With White Juju, Kinch has added a full symphony orchestra to the equation. The album was recorded live at London's Barbican Centre in November 2021, when Kinch's quartetwhich is completed by pianist Rick Simpson, bassist Nick Jurd (no relation, by the way, to the trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd), and drummer Gregory Hutchinsonwas joined by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lee Reynolds. It is Kinch's most ambitious work to date and it is a resounding success.
The 75-minute, 16-part suite is Kinch's response to events in Britain (and to a lesser extent America) during 2020. White Juju is concerned with the pandemic, police racism and misogyny, threats to the environment, the wealth gap, and governmental use of cultural warfare as an attempted distraction from the real challenges facing society.
Kinch also includes a sprinkling of field recordings, most of them excerpts of broadcast speeches by the likes of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and London police chief Cressida Dick (all three now out of office, but with Patel replaced by even more unhinged virago).
While Kinch's mastery of both small group jazz and rap has long been a given, the calibre of his orchestral arrangements here is a revelation. The holder of a degree in modern history from Oxford University, and as a saxophonist an alumnus of the Tomorrow's Warriors community programme, Kinch is largely self-taught as a composer and arranger. As such, he gives autodidactism a good name, and, more than an add-on, the LSO becomes an integral part of the music. At their most dramatic, the orchestrations owe something to Igor Stravinsky, while at other times there are echoes of the pastoralism of early twentieth century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. But Kinch's style is overwhelmingly his own. To cap it all, White Juju was excellently recorded.
White Juju is set for digital release on 2 December 2022, with vinyl to follow on 14 April 2023, to coincide with Record Store Day.
Chaos; Dawn; The Old Normal; March Of The Unicorns; Snarling Beast; Beneath The Myth; Curated Chaos; The Cycle Of Violence; Sanctuary; The Natural Order; Sunlit Uplands; Tall Tales Of Yesteryore; Idiots; Eternal; Casting Out; Clarity.
Soweto Kinch: saxophone; Rick Simpson: piano; Nick Jurd: bass, acoustic; Gregory Hutchinson: drums.
Soweto Kinch: saxophone and vocals; London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lee Reynolds.
Title: White Juju | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Soweto Kinch Recordings
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