One of the more imaginative touring projects set for 2015 has got to be the pairing of Sly & Robbie – the famed Jamaican reggae drum and bass rhythm team known for their work with Gregory Isaacs (on Cool Ruler, below) – with Norwegian ambient futurejazz pioneer Nils Petter Molvær.
They’re going to be touring with sampler Jan Bang and guitarist Eivind Aarset. Festivals so far to book this new initiative include Molde in Norway and the Colours of Ostrava festival in the Czech republic. Perhaps some UK or Irish festivals will also put this project on although no details have emerged so far.
Trumpeter Molvær, whose most recent album Switch was released earlier this year, has constantly sought new musical situations throughout his career most notably on Khmer and including a big techno diversion last year as well as more guesting with Spin Marvel the acclaimed prog-jazz outfit led by Martin France who are set to release their latest album in early-2015. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are no strangers to working with jazz musicians including even avant composer Henry Threadgill over the years as well as appearing with rock and pop artists including Mick Jagger and Madonna.