Album review: Sons of Kemet, Burn (Naim Jazz)
Sunday 15 September 2013
The LondonJazz website recently published an amusing Dutch review that accused British jazz of “flirting with pop music and other genres”, in a way that made it diverge from European trends. Though hardly pop, Sons of Kemet may well be a case in point. A quartet led by reeds player Shabaka Hutchings (born in London but raised in Barbados), with Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner on drums, and tuba-player Oren Marshall pumping out the basslines, they draw on pan-Caribbean influences including Jamaica’s nyabinghi drum cults and reggae horn players such as Cedric Brooks.
At its best, in the opening “All Will Surely Burn” and in a thrilling closing version of “Rivers of Babylon”, this is mesmerising trance music of great power.
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