The very first jazz album was released 100 years ago: The Original Dixieland Jass Band with ‘Livery Stable Blues’. That’s why AB will be paying extra attention to jazz for a year. From contemporary classics to musical troublemakers who are inspired by jazz, to the latest incredibly headstrong jazz generation from local soil.
With Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet), GoGo Penguin, Yussef Kamaal, Portico Quartet and now also Moses Boyd, the UK jazz scene would seem to be reaching its current boiling point. They all clearly have one ‘thing’ in common: plentiful musical skills, disregard for their academic knowledge, are bursting with playing pleasure, know no musical limits and rightly let their funkyness gain the upper hand. Feeërieën gives up-and-coming star/drummer Moses Boyd carte blanche for an entire evening in which he presents two projects.
MOSES BOYD (UK)
Drummer/producer Moses Boyd is admired by influential producer/DJ Gilles Peterson and electronica-pioneers like Four Tet or Floating Points are more than happy to remix him. In jazz circles, he often turns up as drummer with the likes of Lonnie Liston Smith or Zara McFarlane and he has worked together with both afrobeat drummer Tony Allen as well as Sampha.
He says to be influenced by A Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla as well as Kendrick Lamar. Pointing out four ‘jazzfathers’ as his heroes: Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Wayne Shorter and Max Roach.
MOSES BOYD EXODUS (UK)
Moses Boyd’s mothership. A quartet containing remarkable folk like tuba player Theon Cross (see: Shabaka Hutchings’ Sons Of Kemet) and saxophonist Binker Golding (see: Binker & Moses). His Exodus is the equivalent of fresh-armpit jazz, indebted to both New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz – as well as the dance-scene.
BINKER & MOSES (UK)
Duo with soulmate/saxophonist Binker Golding in which the focus is on improvisation and a love of the later periods of John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd. Jools Holland recently invited them to his ‘Later With Jools...’ and in ’15 they won the prestigious MOBO award (Music of Black Origin) for Best Jazz Act. Their debut ‘Dem Ones’ was actually recorded in the studio with Mark ‘Uptown Funk’ Ronson.
soundtrack by De Gebroeder Op 78 Toeren