Anthony Joseph – The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running for Their Lives (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:31 minutes | 515 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Heavenly Sweetness
British-Trinidadian poet/musician/author Anthony Joseph’s latest album was inspired by and echoes the fertile London scene. Anthony has surrounded himself with some of the best musicians on the local scene, including Jason Yarde, Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming), Crispin Robinson (founder of the iconic acid jazz band Galliano,) and Rod Youngs (Gil Scott Heron’s drummer).
Operating as a dedication to poetic ancestors and a coming together of musical generations, ‘The Rich are Only Defeated When Running for their Lives’ is also an almighty jam. Recorded live in August 2020, it shows off the prowess of a team of master musicians from Paris and London. Jason Yarde, who also produced Joseph’s 2018 album ‘People of the Sun’ is credited as producer/composer/arranger – to startling, albeit intimate, effect. Running throughout the release are inter-connected themes: memory, place, belonging and acts of homage.
Anthony Joseph has released seven previous albums – six on Heavenly Sweetness – and collaborated with Archie Shepp, Keziah Jones and Meshell Ndgeocello who produced his album, ‘Time’ in 2014. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels. His 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, and long listed for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
1. Kamau (08:39)
2. Calling England Home (06:13)
3. Maka Dimweh (06:45)
4. Language (Poem for Anthony McNeill) (10:38)
5. Swing Praxis (05:32)
6. The Gift (04:44)
Anthony Joseph – Vocals
Andrew John – Bass
Thibaut Remy – Guitar
Rod Youngs – Drums
Florian Pellissier – Piano/Moog/Organ/Rhodes Piano
Jason Yarde – Alto & Baritone Saxophone
Shabaka Hutchings – Tenor Saxophone on ‘Swing Praxis’/Bass clarinet on ‘Kamau’
Denys Baptiste – Tenor Saxophone & Bass Clarinet on ‘Language’, Tenor Sax on ‘Maka Dimweh’ & ‘The Gift’
Colin Webster – Tenor Saxophone on ‘Kamau’ & Swing Praxis’, Baritone Sax on ‘Language’
Crispin Robinson – Bata Drums and Percussion
Roger Raspail – Percussion on ‘Maka Dimweh’