Various Artists – We Out Here [Brownswood Recordings; February 2018]
Colours rise from dark contours as a London jazz renaissance takes form. Feeling both early and late, We Out Here captures the tones of this evolving shape.
Tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings directs the way, bringing together a collection of his most in-demand friends on the new-jazz scene. Familiar names such as Hutchings, Ezra Collective and Moses Boyd blend their nu-soul, Afrobeat and hip-hop influenced jazz with the music of bandleaders such as Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone/flute) and Theon Cross (tuba). The album is comprised of genre-unbound compositions and exhibits the free-thinking improvisational style shared by the ensemble.