Alfa Mist, Bring Backs *****

There have been at least four 5-star jazz albums this year (eg Promises, Deepening the River, Hanamichi, All Knavery and Collusion). That's unusual. Bring Backs makes it five. Overall the shape of the album feels varied and there are multiple …

Published: 24 Apr 2021. Updated: 7 months.

There have been at least four 5-star jazz albums this year (eg Promises, Deepening the River, Hanamichi, All Knavery and Collusion). That's unusual. Bring Backs makes it five. Overall the shape of the album feels varied and there are multiple points of entry and tracks hang together within a universe that Alfa Mist has created. There is a lot more to Bring Backs than On My Ones. OK, plus points: the guitar elements on 'Teki'; the actual recorded sound of the album is a creation in itself and suits the ''internet sound'' age of the past decade better than most; Kaya Thomas-Dyke's vocal on 'People' is excellent; the overt nod to London on 'Mind the Gap' and Barking in particular plus the way grime is fed unglossily in via rapper Lex Amor is unforced and not overdone; 'Run Outs' grows on you through its melancholia; really from this point on Alfa Mist comes into his own usually in a Rhodesy space; then there is the poetry and sadness of 'Last Card (Bumper Cars)'; 'Coasting' is good for its more in-the-pocket jazz club feel; the chamber approach of 'Once a Year' and then the vibey social realism of 'Organic Rust' are other factors worth lingering long over. On Anti-

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