STREAM TO THE RIVER #8: DOGDAYS, POLYRHYTHMS & ALGORITHMS

This is the latest playlist in the Stream to the River series. If I tried it out over summer and liked it, it made the list. It’s mostly jazzy and selected from suggestions from the algorithm, but it still had to have the human touch.

SONS OF KEMET : BLACK TO THE FUTURE

LABEL : IMPULSE! ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Britain’s most prophetic jazz group grow in power and intensity as they draw on the source of Black power. It came as a surprise to me when I realised how political Boney M’s cover of The Melodians ‘Rivers of Babylon’ was. As a child, the song and itsContinue reading “SONS OF KEMET : BLACK TO THE FUTURE”

ALFA MIST : BRING BACKS

LABEL: ANTI ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Producer, pianist, band leader and MC Alfa Mist holds the conflicts between rough and smooth, present and past, to create an individual sound within the London Jazz scene. This week in Britain as local election results are counted, there is a narrative being sold that London is other, differentContinue reading “ALFA MIST : BRING BACKS”

FLOATING POINTS, PHAROAH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : PROMISES

LABEL: LUAKA BOP ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A 21st CENTURY ELECTRONIC SYMPHONIC IMPROVISED TONE POEM MASTERPIECE Promises, the new electronic symphonic tone poem wrought from collaboration between Sam Shepherd, working as Floating Points, and Pharoah Sanders, with a weighty contribution from the string section of the London Symphony Orchestra, is genius. It is operating aboveContinue reading “FLOATING POINTS, PHAROAH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : PROMISES”

REALLY FROM : REALLY FROM

LABEL: TOPSHELF ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A fully confident third album from a group that fuse the flavours of emo and jazz to explore the challenges and heartbreaks inherited by people with mixed-raced identity in modern America. Food and music go together. Whether it’s Shakespeare’s ‘if music be the food of love’, Aretha Franklin beltingContinue reading “REALLY FROM : REALLY FROM”

ARCHIE SHEPP & JASON MORAN : LET MY PEOPLE GO

LABEL: ARCHIEBALL ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Saxophonist Archie Shepp and Pianist Jason Moran speak from the heart through a collection of spirituals and jazz standards. Archie Shepp is a new artist to me, even though he is a vastly distinguished saxophonist with over a half century of ground-breaking albums behind him. The apex of hisContinue reading “ARCHIE SHEPP & JASON MORAN : LET MY PEOPLE GO”