If you ever needed proof what an outrageously accomplished talent bass guitarist Michael Olatuja is then Lagos Pepper Soup is that key piece of recent evidence.
It is also a collection in one place of some of the best forward seeking jazz musicians on the planet who join Olatuja in this adventure and include Aaron Parks, Terreon Gully, Femi Temowo, Joe Lovano, Robert Mitchell, Laura Mvula, Dianne Reeves and many others.
Olatuja in his writing and arranging favours a wide screen almost cinematic sweep in his style and the tunes are wrapped in beautifully developed settings that harness improvisational ideas along the way and dip into a range of styles. When Grammy time comes around surely Olatuja deserves consideration particularly for the quality of arranging and composition. This sort of record does not come along every year. Out now on Whirlwind.