White Juju - a live at the Barbican Soweto Kinch and London Symphony Orchestra album - is set for December

Late-autumn jazz album priority release highlights include a major extended work for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra to be released on the LSO Live label from alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, MC, Soweto Kinch, with the London Symphony …

Published: 6 Oct 2022. Updated: 17 months.

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Late-autumn jazz album priority release highlights include a major extended work for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra to be released on the LSO Live label from alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, MC, Soweto Kinch, with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded last year at London's Barbican during the 2021 London Jazz Festival.

“It fascinates me,'' Soweto says, ''how we’re all acquainted with an unspoken architectural and symbolic language of power. How do these monuments or myths affect how we see ourselves as a nation? Naming the piece 'White Juju' deliberately inverted ideas of the ‘savage’ or primitive. Perhaps the bizarre fetishes and obsessions of a cult religion are more visible in modern Britain than third world countries.”

The release date on digital is 2 December with a vinyl edition to follow next spring.

Soweto Kinch, photo: press. The cover of White Juju, above

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Hornung trio, Strukturen, Traumton ***

The main interest here for UK listeners anyway is the presence of Germany domiciled bassist Phil Donkin. The style pervasively is chamber-jazz meaning that there is an acoustic, if-you-like, classical sounding sensibility the language here not …

Published: 6 Oct 2022. Updated: 17 months.

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The main interest here for UK listeners anyway is the presence of Germany domiciled bassist Phil Donkin. The style pervasively is chamber-jazz meaning that there is an acoustic, if-you-like, classical sounding sensibility the language here not Romantic at all more landing in a modernistic Schoenberg-esque domain. Allied with all this is the freedom of the improviser mindset that all three players so evidently possess.

Stern and serious and that solemnity is worth it - don't let these pesky but pertinent adjectives put you off at all - pianist Ludwig Hornung, who was born in Bad Dürkheim in the Rhineland Palatinate in 1986 is influenced by Ukrainian composer Nikolai Roslavets (1881-1944) and by the pianist, in-at-the-birth with Ornette Coleman of free-jazz, Paul Bley, has written the compositions. Hornung emerged with Spieler five years ago. The trio is completed by drummer Bernd Oezsevim. The album comes alive on 'Mach' and there are moments to savour throughout given multiple times the trio simply ignite and lose themselves in their own, fascinating, world of abstraction.