5 tracks to set up your listening for September

Space 3: Enter harpist, synth player Nala Sinephro along with Edward Wakili-Hick from Sons of Kemet and beat maker Dwayne Kilvington in an intoxicating blend that defies categorisation however briefly represented on this tiny track but which ushers …

Published: 29 Aug 2021. Updated: 19 days.

Space 3: Enter harpist, synth player Nala Sinephro along with Edward Wakili-Hick from Sons of Kemet and beat maker Dwayne Kilvington in an intoxicating blend that defies categorisation however briefly represented on this tiny track but which ushers in a sound that we'll all surely be queuing up to hear more of. From Space 1.8 (Warp, 3 September)

Armando's Rhumba: Eliane Elias' first piano-only recording since 1994’s Solos and Duets Chick Corea classic 'Armando's Rhumba' is one of three on the upcoming album to feature Corea who died earlier this year. The warm, almost talkative, interplay between Elias and Corea in duo is very striking throughout. From Mirror Mirror (Candid, 10 September)

New Dawn: A radical sound production-wise from guitarist Dave Okumu with its moan, ache, very groovy sense of propulsion and blissed-out keyboard testifying garnished with strings. From Knopperz (Transgressive, 24 September)

Caring: Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick once again adds a special ache and folky earthiness to the voicings of his ensemble on the delicious ballad 'Caring' also illuminated by a beautiful piano solo by Andreas Ulvo. It's all very moving. From When We Leave (ECM, 24 September)

The Last Pier: Ethan Iverson lands Rach-ing up the classical. Then Chet Doxas coaxes the trio along in laidback fashion, double bassist Thomas Morgan acting as the secret weapon of mass instruction. From You Can't Take It With You (Whirlwind, 24 September)

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Backstage interview with Lady Blackbird and Chris Seefried at the 100 Club

You can check out the full audio of a dressing room interview with singer Lady Blackbird and guitarist, producer, Chris Seefried here complete, don't say we don't spoil you, with the sound of roadies schlepping gear in and out banging about for a …

Published: 28 Aug 2021. Updated: 19 days.

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You can check out the full audio of a dressing room interview with singer Lady Blackbird and guitarist, producer, Chris Seefried here complete, don't say we don't spoil you, with the sound of roadies schlepping gear in and out banging about for a bit of atmosphere. Quotes from that chat with Lady B and Chris are below plus choice listening, and intriguing word on the Tony Joe that got away ahead of the September release of the formidable Black Acid Soul

Lady Blackbird on 'Blackbird': ''I discovered that song years ago. Where was I? The way I tell the story, I just used to play it on repeat, I remember being on a train overnight, and having that song on repeat. And it just really did something to me you know, when you just get that feeling it just resonated. Nina's so raw just dripping in reality and truth and strength.''

Backstage

For Black Acid Soul ''We had playlists after playlists that we would go in and listen to. We're eliminating then we're bringing 'em back you know to the potential. That was a process to when we finally dwindled down the list to what we have. It was some work. But we felt very strongly about being able to take them and reinterpret them and you know to give the proper, my, take on it, so it was very well thought out and a whole lot of listening sessions!''

Chris Seefried: ''If there was any word we used, it was jazz, to sort of have jazz interpretations of soul tunes, you know, deep soul cuts. Remember, like, in the old days, there were singers who did songs, and people talked about our great singers that would be the idea of presenting one of our greatest singers as that, you know, in a way that people could be a fan of the voice, first.''

And there's even more which didn't even make it on: tantalisingly a version of the Tony Joe White song 'Did Somebody Make a Fool Out of You?' (Homemade Ice Cream, Warner Bros 1973) was recorded but is not included on the album.

Lady Blackbird, top. Photo: Christine Solomon. Black Acid Soul is out this coming Friday on Foundation/BMG