David Mrakpor, 'Lonely,' Jazz Re:Freshed ****

Track of the day and new in the One Love spot, 'Lonely': Riff-groove alchemy once again from David Mrakpor. It's a year since we first caught him live, so far the only time alas, and that Post Bar appearance in Tottenham was a revelation. The word …

Published: 24 Jun 2022. Updated: 5 months.

Track of the day and new in the One Love spot, 'Lonely': Riff-groove alchemy once again from David Mrakpor. It's a year since we first caught him live, so far the only time alas, and that Post Bar appearance in Tottenham was a revelation. The word ''multi-instrumentalist'' gets trotted out a lot but can be a ''so-what?'' moment given that a lot of top musicians can play a range of instruments. Not here. I still don't know which incarnation of Mrakpor that I like best. But if push were to come to shove I'd go for keys, guitar, vibes. He also plays drums and bass guitar. What's good here is what he does with all his instrumental prowess. A George Benson-esque atmosphere and a real sense to the improvisational journey is part of the outcome neatly curtailed and endowed with a lot of life. Mrakpor plays coherent choruses that groove and sparkle to capture the musical space in this sunny highly radio-friendly sound sphere. The Londoner creates his own all-engrossing world. SG

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