Various Artists – We Out Here (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:38 minutes | 564 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Brownswood Recordings
And here we go again: London Calling! But this time, the call doesn’t come from the rock ‘n’ roll’s hungry depths but rather from the jazz’ ones. A jazz which we can only label as special so much the young London scene compiled on this We Out Here was built on mixed influences, soul as well as Afrobeat, fusion or electro. To center in on this new generation, Brownswood Recordings, Gilles Peterson’s label, entrusted the album’s artistic direction to the most publicized among them: saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. Recorded over three days, the selected musicians and bands display a jazz spirit rather than jazz form.
Therefore, drummer Jake Long and his formation Maisha play at being voodoo masters in the style of a Pharoah Sanders. Fela’s Afrobeat provides a fertile ground to the Ezra Collective from drummer Femi Koleoso but also to the Kokoroko Collective. While another drumming ace, the charismatic Moses Boyd, wraps up his rhythms in a brilliantly hypnotic electro loop before coming back to the paths of an invigorating libertarian jazz.
This Qobuzism colorful like never before, includes instrumentals from the likes of Theon Cross, an impressive tuba marathoner (and incidentally an accomplice of Shabaka Hutchings within the Sons Of Kemet), Nubya Garcia, a saxophonist possessed by Charles Lloyd’s lyricism, and also Joe Armon-Jones, a keyboard mad scientist who knows Herbie Hancock like the back of his hand… With We Out Here, and the new London jazz scene pens a manifesto as dynamic as it is eclectic.
01. Maisha – Inside the Acorn (05:55)
02. Ezra Collective – Pure Shade (06:33)
03. Moses Boyd – The Balance (05:43)
04. Theon Cross – Brockley (03:36)
05. Nubya Garcia – Once (05:29)
06. Shabaka Hutchings – Black Skin, Black Masks (07:02)
07. Triforce – Walls (05:25)
08. Joe Armon-Jones – Go See (07:42)
09. Kokoroko – Abusey Junction (07:09)