We Are Sent Here By History

Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #18 / 184
User Score
Based on 232 ratings
2020 Ratings: #4
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March 13, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Arts Desk

Though the album speaks ferociously of racial and social iniquity, toxic masculinity and more, it also imagines, and vividly depicts, a better world.

90
Loud and Quiet

Testament to his mission statement ... it’s the space Hutchings gives to his fellow creators that provide some of the album’s most memorable cornerstones.

90
AllMusic

We Are Sent Here by History is final proof that Hutchings is a modern jazz prophet; he sees the past as merely a jumping-off point for exploration, not only in music but in philosophical concepts, cultural theories, and spiritual precepts as an aesthetic.

90
Crack Magazine

There is a freedom in the swirling chaos, a space to roam amongst the noise of this raw creation of drums, sax and voice.

80
Spectrum Culture

Despite the ominous, apocalyptic inspiration behind the album, We Are Sent Here By History consistently resolves toward hope, even if its underlying optimism isn’t so much the aversion of doom so much as the desire to meet that doom as one’s best self.

70
Under The Radar

We Are Sent Here By History is nevertheless a thoroughly enjoyable and well-executed assortment of tracks that will perhaps get better the more they are listened to.

60
The Skinny

What you gain from We Are Sent Here By History will be dictated by how much you connect with its musical vision. Sink into its groove though and it’s an album that presents a fascinating societal commentary.

Inglume
86
To everyone interested in this band, I highly suggest checking out their 2016 debut, 'Wisdom of Elders' if you haven't already, incredible display of instrumental brilliance!

Skillful, well-spoken, innovative, I've recently gained a huge admiration and deep fascination for saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his very notable works in groups such as The Comet is Coming and Sons of Kemet. In this current sociopolitical climate, the modernistic, unconventional jazz compositions he tends to be ... read more
thejacktackshac
83
The longevity of jazz has been quite the story over the past 100 plus years, in its earliest roots as one of the only things African slaves had left of their heritage they were eventually ripped from as they cherished rhythm and relied on comradery. That humble art form eventually blossomed into one of the most successful musical art form: jazz music, which underwent several progressions through the big band, cool, bebop, post-bop, free, Avante-Garde, and fusion. All of which are worthwhile and ... read more
zachthesnack
89
EDIT: moral of the story, everything Shabaka Hutchings touches = gold

A riveting exodus through an extremely dense and engaging jazz atmosphere. This is the best Jazz album I’ve heard since the last Sons of Kemet record. A truly riveting and impressive journey to say the least.

Shades of Fela Kuti all over this thing, yep, I’m lovin every bit of it
WhatTheFunk
85
Plunging into the transcendent groove of Shabaka, I imagine my African ancestors, their traditions, their dignity, their magic. Would they be proud of me today, me, the little well westernized colored man having forgotten all the ancestral customs and proverbs? Listening to this record full of occultism, my sister suddenly declared herself cured of her angina. We have to believe in sorcerer saxophones and healing fetish albums.

He is, without a doubt, the new boss of the English jazz scene: ... read more
RakkSmells
87
500th Rating!!

This album reminded me to give myself a reminder to keep on the lookout for anything Shabaka Hutchings related. Seeing as he's also involved with Sons Of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming, it's even more of a reason to do so as he's doing a fantastic job at bringing jazz to the 21st century. He further proves this with We Are Sent Here By History, a more traditional and spiritually driven jazz album than what he's typically involved with that explores the African roots of the genre, ... read more
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Track List

  1. They Who Must Die
  2. You’ve Been Called
  3. Go My Heart, Go To Heaven
  4. Behold, The Deceiver
  5. Run, The Darkness Will Pass
  6. The Coming Of The Strange Ones
  7. Beast Too Spoke Of Suffering
  8. We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood)
  9. ’Til The Freedom Comes Home
  10. Finally, The Man Cried
  11. Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable
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