Michael Olatuja returns with Lagos Pepper Soup

Listen to the bustling African and lush orchestrated jazz-rock blend of 'Soki' featuring today's Ella Fitzgerald Dianne Reeves and guitar great Lionel Loueke from the upcoming Whirlwind release by the...

Published: 21 Mar 2020. Updated: 9 days.

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Listen to the bustling African and lush orchestrated jazz-rock blend of 'Soki' featuring today's Ella Fitzgerald Dianne Reeves and guitar great Lionel Loueke from the upcoming Whirlwind release by the stellar British-Nigerian bass guitarist Michael Olatuja.

Olatuja was significant in the early career of Soweto Kinch and appeared on his classic 2003 album Conversations with the Unseen.

The bass guitarist-composer has gigged extensively with Loueke and this blog heard the two of them for instance play at the Vortex in London back in 2012 on what was a memorable night, the place packed out and buzzing.

Lagos Pepper Soup is stuffed with guests who include: star MBASE-descended UK pianist Robert Mitchell who has a new solo piano out himself soon; sax icon Joe Lovano; swinging violin star Regina Carter; soulful Laura Mvula; and the great Beninoise musical icon, Angélique Kidjo.

Whirlwind have also signed, in a coup for the label, alto sax icon Rudresh Mahanthappa in his first album as a leader in five years, switching label from long time home ACT, and will issue ''Hero Trio''.

Photo of Michael Olatuja: Bandcamp.