Not a new version of the Oliver Nelson Blues and the Abstract Truth classic of the same name in case - dear jazzheads with still intact and largely operational memories - you were wondering. That matters not a jot. The piece is a vamp, a raga in a certain sense but not at all a strict exposition that spreads its melodic tentacles admirably. The great sitarist Anoushka Shankar is here on a co-write with Arooj Aftab - check out Aftab on one of 2023's most notable jazz albums Love in Exile with the great Vijay Iyer and the deft Moogian contours of Shahzad Ismaily, one of the year's greatest releases half way in.
Texturally it's accordion from Magda Giannikou and neo-minimalist electronics boffin Nils Frahm on harmonium and harmonica in the underlay. All the lead single lines are from Shankar and it's an absorbing arc she traces. Speaking of track producer Aftab, Shankar says: ''I love the genre-fluid world she creates with thoughtful arrangements and sonic spaces. It’s something I also value in my own work, but she does it differently. I was really drawn to that different voice, that different colour.” Out today. From October release Chapter I: Forever and Now Anoushka Shankar, photo: detail from the art