Kapelle17, Die Wolken sind da, wo sie immer sind, Loumi Records ***

Tentative to begin with 'Abacaxi' melts into a groove after a while. But it's not the most impressive track from this very dynamic German five-piece who include Paul Janoschka. He shows his considerable soloing prowess on keys when the real meat of …

Published: 10 Jan 2022. Updated: 18 days.

Tentative to begin with 'Abacaxi' melts into a groove after a while. But it's not the most impressive track from this very dynamic German five-piece who include Paul Janoschka. He shows his considerable soloing prowess on keys when the real meat of the piece is reached. And yet later on the saxophone of Benedikt Jäckle on 'Ma Beleza I' grabs the ears far more in context set against the Mary Halvorson-like method of guitarist Johannes Mann who of all the players stands out most obviously. Bassist Jakob Obleser opens 'Siblings' which is the pick of the tracks and involves Mann switching to a driving contemporary fusion sound after a touch of a Lionel Loueke-ism to begin with (that Afrojazz style returns on 'Mein Aerosol is dein Aerosol'). The band spreads its net widely from an ECM-like spaciness on 'Metamorphosis' again strong on composition while the second part of 'Ma Beleza' has more of a Mediterranean feel, this ably supplied by the versatile Mann. 'SKB' even dips ito toes into nu-jazz as there is a sort of a Sam Gendel feel here which threw me a bit. By time travelling contrast the third part of 'Ma Beleza' has an old-fashioned tenor sax balladic opening but if it has a fault the album flits all over the place too much. So there is even a snarling electric guitar opening to 'Vale'. The title track has a zen-like ring to its meaning in English ''the clouds are where they always are'' and is kept to last. So too much is crammed in here to fully digest but in its favour there is a lot of inspirational group play and compositional flair that mark Kapelle17 out from the crowd and make this a worthwhile listen from a band new to us but hopefully one that we'll hear a lot more of in the future.

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Former Miles Davis percussionist Mtume has died at the age of 76

James Mtume, known to most as Mtume died over the weekend of unknown causes at the age of 76. Famed for his mid-1970s tenure with Miles Davis, Philadelphia-born Mtume was the son of ''Little Bird'' sax legend Jimmy Heath who died in 2020. The …

Published: 10 Jan 2022. Updated: 18 days.

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James Mtume, known to most as Mtume died over the weekend of unknown causes at the age of 76. Famed for his mid-1970s tenure with Miles Davis, Philadelphia-born Mtume was the son of ''Little Bird'' sax legend Jimmy Heath who died in 2020. The percussionist-to-be was brought up by his mother and his step-father James “Hen Gates” Forman.

Mtume's career spanned playing percussion on his uncle drummer Tootie Heath's album Kawaida and with his own group Mtume Umoja Ensemble releasing Land of the Blacks in 1972 through much later on to producing funk and writing for film.

His four-year tenure with Miles Davis from 1971 made his name on albums such as On the Corner and revered live albums recorded in Japan Agharta and Pangaea. Get Up WIth It includes a track Mtume plays on that bears his name.

Other notable 1970s appearance include on the 1974-released Blue Note album Asante with the former John Coltrane pianist McCoy Tyner. Mtume later ventured extensively into funk and R&B with his band Mtume with 1983 track 'Juicy Fruit' the standout track later sampled by the Notorious B.I.G. Mtume also co-wrote with Reggie Lucas, produced and performed on the Stephanie Mills top 10 pop hit 'Never Knew Love Like This Before' that charted in 1980.