Kokoroko issue a State of Jazz topping single

Topping the Spotify State of Jazz playlist at the moment here's the Afrobeat-jazz of Kokoroko and 'Baba Ayoola.' The band, Sheila Maurice-Grey, trumpet/vocals; Cassie Kinoshi, saxophone/vocals; Richie Seivwright, trombone/vocals; Yohan Kebede, …

Published: 17 Nov 2020. Updated: 13 days.

Topping the Spotify State of Jazz playlist at the moment here's the Afrobeat-jazz of Kokoroko and 'Baba Ayoola.'

The band, Sheila Maurice-Grey, trumpet/vocals; Cassie Kinoshi, saxophone/vocals; Richie Seivwright, trombone/vocals; Yohan Kebede, keys; Duane Atherley, bass; Toby Adenaike, guitar; Onome Edgeworth, percussion; Ayo Salawu, drums in September played the Proms for the first time. 'Carry Me Home' was released earlier in 2020, as here, by Brownswood.

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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.

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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.