What does it sound like?:
This time last week I’d never heard of Ezra Collective. I only picked up on them through reading the write up in a local gig guide*, although according to Boilerrom.tv, they are “pioneering a new wave of UK jazz music”, so that’s me told. Anyway, “that sounds alright”, I thought, and so I gave this, their second EP, a whirl. Turns out it is ABSOLUTELY BLOODY FANTASTIC.
The Collective are a bunch of young Londoners, born out of the Tomorrow’s Warriors project. It’s lively stuff, driven by an irresistible rhythm section that pulls together afrobeat, hip hop and reggae. On top of this, there’s winding flights of trumpet and sax to get lost in, and some sterling piano playing. It’s wonderfully fluent, rich, constantly grooving, and generally makes me glad to be alive. It’s built on tradition (the closing track here is a version of Sun Ra’s Space Is The Place), but looking outwards, to other musics and to the future. I am already way past the mandatory six listens, and this one is going right into my top jazz releases of the year (the preceding EP from 2016, Chapter 7, is just as good (and features a turn from minority AW fave Zara MacFarlane)).
*I’m already double booked for the gig in question, and I’m frankly annoyed about it.
What does it all *mean*?
the kids are alright
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
wondering why they still have to write something in this box