Karma: Dezron and Brandee excel laid back and loose on 'The Creator Has A Master Plan'

Wonderful, a woah not as in whoa! More wow, right on – stripped back from Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger, a double bass and harp complete communion, Dezron Douglas (Black Lion) calling the changes on the Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas Karma …

Published: 17 Nov 2020. Updated: 13 days.

Wonderful, a woah not as in whoa! More wow, right on – stripped back from Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger, a double bass and harp complete communion, Dezron Douglas (Black Lion) calling the changes on the Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas Karma classic 'The Creator Has A Master Plan.'

Hearing what is an instrumental (no singing or yodelling in their treatment incidentally although there are a few incantatory vocalised notes from Brandee near the end) takes me instantly back to the haze and heat of a jam-packed Dingwalls in the 1990s dominated that time by the sheer size and power of Pharoah's saxophonic spirituality. Dingwalls is the London venue to be born again post-English lockdown in December as the PowerHaus as big time operator Vince Power who knows his music better than most and used to run most of the best commercial music venues in the whole of north London returns again to Camden. Hearing Pharoah there down by the canal in the 1990s was spectacular. Pharoah in jazz parlance ''the son'' (John Coltrane being ''the father,'' Albert Ayler ''the holy ghost'') was 80 recently. SG Drawn from Force Majeure. To be released by International Anthem on 4 December.

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Small Axe: must watch TV

Hard hitting, and quite brilliant, going on the first episode of Steve McQueen television drama Small Axe is a must for all jazz lovers from a sociopolitical point of view because all proper jazz fans do not live in a vacuum at all even when their …

Published: 17 Nov 2020. Updated: 13 days.

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Hard hitting, and quite brilliant, going on the first episode of Steve McQueen television drama Small Axe is a must for all jazz lovers from a sociopolitical point of view because all proper jazz fans do not live in a vacuum at all even when their favourite music is not playing but dig the soca, dig what became the reggae that sits perfectly alongside. The music of the late Toots Hibbert is like a halo here as of course in the titling Bob Marley via the proverbial. Recall most importantly if around then how grim and brutal racism was and make no mistake continues to be even after some reform. Shaun Parkes as Frank Crichlow is marvellous. Watch 'Mangrove' the first episode. Photo: BBC press shot.