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Shock Waves (BBC Radio 4, last night) was presented and narrated by sitarist Anoushka Shankar interviewing fellow musicians in the process who discuss how they adapted and spooled into creativity during Lockdown. In the programme Anoushka talks …

Published: 6 May 2021. Updated: 49 days.

as Shock Waves (BBC Radio 4, last night) was presented and narrated by sitarist Anoushka Shankar interviewing fellow musicians in the process who discuss how they adapted and spooled into creativity during Lockdown. In the programme Anoushka talks about her late father Ravi's challenges in the 1940s when he faced tumultuous change as India embarked on independence.

Guests include Alev Lenz, Nubya Garcia and Seán Doherty. The Garcia sections are best, Anoushka describing how hearing the saxophonist in a socially distanced Barbican last year sent soundwaves through her whole body. Excellent radio. Anoushka Shankar, top. BBC Proms photo: Laura Lewis. To listen follow this link

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Joe Armon-Jones, Pray ****

An after eight listen, innit? Ace in under eight minutes. Vision. Whatever: in electric piano mode here for the first stretch of the song all I can think of is hearing Lonnie Liston-Smith at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town back in the late-1980s. …

Published: 6 May 2021. Updated: 49 days.

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An after eight listen, innit? Ace in under eight minutes. Vision. Whatever: in electric piano mode here for the first stretch of the song all I can think of is hearing Lonnie Liston-Smith at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town back in the late-1980s. Swirling in the same sort of cosmic cloud dust that the great Liston-Smith (who was in his earlier career on Sugar with Stanley Turrentine, Karma with Pharoah Sanders and Big Fun with Miles Davis) was prone to float on, the production mists cloaked in astral overdubs disappear and Joe Armon-Jones gets a big solo in later in the track in the process then ''conversing'' with drummer Morgan Simpson. JA-J's backing vocals are a cooing response and these are lullaby sounds that all knead in and work as an overall concoction. (Luke Wynter is on bass guitar, his style reminds me a little of Paul Michael who plays with Byron Wallen). SG. Out on Aquarii. Follow this link, on 10'' vinyl and digital

For more JA-J see this on 'Golden Brown'