The Shared Stories Of Rivals [KEITA] (feat Saul Williams)
Forevergirl (feat Chris Turner & Mike Larry Draw)
Songs She Never Heard (feat Logan Richardson)
Ritual (Rise Of Chief Adjuah)
Before (feat Elena Pinderhughes)
Ancestral Recall (feat Saul Williams)
Review: New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah returns with his first album in almost two years, an essential set of spiritually conscious Afro-jazz that wraps his bold, mesmerizing and memorable trumpet solos around a variety of skittish tribal rhythms, Mariachi style horn riffs, soulful vocal arrangements and 21st century jazz instrumentation. It's a unique and thoroughly absorbing signature sound, with the assembled guests - most notably Saul Williams, Elena Pinderhughes and Logan Richardson - adding much to Scott aTunde Adjuah's intoxicating sound soup. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the slow burn soundscape of "Diviner (Devan)" and wonderfully percussive "Ritual (Rise Of Chief Adjuah)", to the intergalactic drowsiness of "Prophecy" and breezy "Double Consciousness".
Review: Mark de Clive-Lowe's legacy reaches right back to the early 90s, when he was involved in a variety of groups in his native New Zealand. Having covered a lot of ground since then, including working with Theo Parrish, he's now dropping this stunning live session recorded in his current home of Los Angeles with a band that includes Ammoncontact's Carlos Nino on percussion. From tender lulls to stormy peaks, this is a broad tapestry of contemporary jazz rooted in the thrill and energy of performance. Mark de Clive-Lowe is rightly considered a master in his field, and this is the perfect example of his craft.
Review: Although Kiwi keys-man Mark de Clive-Lowe is currently a producer and session musician in demand, he still somehow finds time to pursue a solo career. Earlier in the year he delivered the contemporary jazz/jazz-funk classic in waiting "Heritage", and here we're treated to its sequel (or, more accurately given the short gap between sets, companion album). It's another belter, with highlights including the outer-space jazz/live drum and bass fusion of "Bushido II", the string-laden dreaminess of "Ryugu-Jo", the atmospheric Jap-Jazz epic "Shitenno" and the slick downtempo jazz-funk warmth of "Mirai No Rekishi".
Review: Last year, civil rights era proto-hip-hop group The Last Poets marked their 50th anniversary with their first album in 20 years. 12 months on they return with "Transcending Toxic Times", an expansive double album that sees the pioneering prototype rap group take aim at America's ills in the same incendiary, hard-hitting fashion that once provided inspiration for Public Enemy and many other early hip-hop pioneers. Musically, it's rich, warm and varied, with the involvement of avant-jazz bassist Jamaldeen Tacuma ensuring a heady mix of jazz, hip-hop, jazz-funk, soul, folk and art-rock grooves. In other words, it's a triumph.