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Sons Of Kemet

Udoma Janssen

Charles McPherson, an alto saxophonist who’ll be 82 in July, has been playing jazz since the early 1960s. He was first heard on record with Charles Mingus, with whom he worked off and on for nearly 15 years. He also made more than a dozen albums as a leader in the 1960s and ’70s, slowing the pace of his output beginning in the ’80s but never disappearing completely. I saw him play a co-headlining gig with tenor saxophonist George Coleman, celebrating Coleman’s birthday, at the Jazz Standard in 2017. It was a blast; McPherson’s a little guy with a lot of energy, where Coleman is a big, slower-moving dude with an innate calm who only lets it rip when he’s soloing — it was like watching Sammy Davis Jr. share a stage with Howlin’ Wolf.

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In the last several years, much has been said about a vibrant new jazz scene cohering in London. And in that timeframe, Shabaka Hutchings has often been positioned as the luminary and center of the scene, and understandably so. Hutchings is incredibly prolific, constantly putting out one release or another with one of this three projects. There’s Shabaka And The Ancestors, in which he collaborates with South African jazz musicians. There’s the Comet Is Coming, the psychedelic space voyage trio he has with Dan Leavers on synths and Max Hallett on drums. Then there’s Sons Of Kemet, his longest-running and perhaps most acclaimed project, who we last heard from in 2018, when they released Your Queen Is A Reptile.

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Udoma Janssen

Hustle,” the lead single from Sons Of Kemet’s new album Black To The Future, was one of those songs that makes genre feel like an outdated concept. It brought together Shabaka Hutchings’ band with spoken-word artist Kojey Radical and singer Lianne La Havas for a heavily rhythmic blend of hip-hop, jazz, and percussive traditions that predate them both. A rumbling monster of a track, it topped our list of the week’s best songs.

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New jazz music is quite exciting — look no further than our monthly jazz roundup for proof of that — and today Adult Swim has released a compilation highlighting some of the rising talent in the genre that’s appropriately called New Jazz Century. It features exclusive new tracks from Colin Stetson, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah,…

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