Daniel Casimir, Boxed In, Jazz re:freshed ***

Bassist Daniel Casimir has a fine gathering of top players with him on the album collectively including a lot of leaders (Nubya Garcia, Andy Davies, Moses Boyd among these). It works overall although the vocals of Ria Moran on 'Get Even' and …

Published: 9 Nov 2021. Updated: 24 days.

Bassist Daniel Casimir has a fine gathering of top players with him on the album collectively including a lot of leaders (Nubya Garcia, Andy Davies, Moses Boyd among these). It works overall although the vocals of Ria Moran on 'Get Even' and 'Rewind the Time' don't do an awful lot for me. Head to the 'Safe' tracks more as a priority which are at the heart of the album. Hard bop, strings-soaked and cosmic in nature, horns doing call and response with the strings, the keyboardist Al Macsween is a good presence on the record and DC's new statesman beat is very presidential throughout. SG

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Dave Okumu Deptford live album announced with Church of Sound date scheduled ahead of release

Next month there's a new live album from guitarist Dave Okumu arriving quickly on from Knopperz an album that underlined Okumu's polymathic status again, the sound very pared back and complete with lots of great grooves and shards of beats and …

Published: 9 Nov 2021. Updated: 24 days.

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Dave Okumu by Morgan Sinclair

Next month there's a new live album from guitarist Dave Okumu arriving quickly on from Knopperz an album that underlined Okumu's polymathic status again, the sound very pared back and complete with lots of great grooves and shards of beats and pieces adding angles and curling points of entry inspired by J Dilla's Donuts and samples from Duval Timothy. The Deptford Knopperz companion release also has Timothy as well as Robert Stillman, Raven Bush, Aviram Barath, Tom Herbert, Nick Ramm and Tom Skinner from the Sons of Kemet among the guitarist's collaborators on the recording. And Okumu is playing Church of Sound in Clapton, east London on 25 November. Link for tickets with cassette versions of the Trangressive release available at the venue ahead of the album's official release date. Dave Okumu photo by Morgan Sinclair

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