What does it sound like?:
This is no fusion of jazz and world music, R&B, hip-hop or trip-hop. Just good, new instrumental jazz.
Pianist Sarah Tandy has gathered a few top-notch young players (all friends and collaborators on other projects) from the current London scene for six original compositions ranging from the purely-acoustic to dreamy Electric-Miles-style things. On saxophone there is Binker Golding of sax/drums duo Binker & Moses and also Moses Boyd Exodus. On trumpet there is Sheila Maurice-Grey of Kokoroko, Nérija and SEED Ensemble. Sarah herself plays piano & keyboards for the Camilla George Quartet and SEED Ensemble. Bassist Mutale Chashi plays with Kokoroko. Drummer Femi Koleoso plays with the Camilla George Quartet and Ezra Collective. These young players all seem to pop up in each other’s bands and on each other’s recordings from time to time.
Sarah’s acoustic piano playing reminds me of McCoy Tyner in his days with Coltrane, at times, but wilder and more intense in her soloing. On electric piano I’m reminded of how Chick Corea played on those early electric Miles Davis recordings. Again there’s more intensity when she solos.
Plenty of space in the music for Binker and Sheila to get their solos in and they don’t waste it. Bass and drums excellent throughout.
What does it all *mean*?
The new young British jazz players are getting some deserved attention now. Quality will out.
The feature on young jazz players in the current (May 2019) Mojo is interesting and fairly informative, though it is purely London-centred and concentrates rather a lot on Shabaka Hutchings, who is excellent and deserving of attention but actually of the previous crop to the current young guns.
Goes well with…
Anything, if you like jazz. Probably nothing if you don’t.
This is probably not the kind of album to try and convert a jazz-hater (why waste your time?), but it’s not an ear-bashing skronk-fest either
Might suit people who like…
If you admire skillful playing/interplay with some melody behind it.