Voice of Bishara: Vinyl LPBWOOD257LP
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Label: Brownswood Recordings
Release Date: 4th November
Calling this an instant essential modern jazz record from drummer/producer Tom Skinner of Sons of Kemet and The Smile. This has that fire, that controlled chaos, that movement of life, of nature and people coming together, the sound of the unpredictable and how things flow into type. It recalls the masters of the avant-garde but also the new school who bring together samples, hip hop and ideas from around the world to make jazz today.
For those who dig: naturally Sons of Kemet and The Smile but also Pharoah Sanders, Ill Considered, Makaya McCraven, Chelsea Carmichael, Irreversible Entanglements...
Drummer and producer Tom Skinner (The Smile, Sons of Kemet) announces this lean and beautiful album, in which he edited a starry recording session into a sonorous, tuff and beguiling new shape.
The title of Tom Skinner’s first release under his own name is a reference to cellist Abdul Wadud’s ultra-rare 1978 solo album ‘By Myself’, which Skinner listened to repeatedly during lockdown. Wadud’s album was privately pressed on his own label, Bisharra, and whilst Skinner’s title uses the more conventional spelling of this common Arabic name, they both have the same intention or meaning: it translates as ‘good news’, or ‘the bringer of good news’.
This is a classic-sounding record that connects backwards to Skinner’s 2017 Hello Skinny collaboration with American composer and Arthur Russell-collaborator Peter Zummo on ‘Watermelon Sun’. It links sideways to Makaya McCraven’s beat maker-inspired treatments of jazz sessions, and it offers a musical bridge to Sons of Kemet’s most meditative moments.