Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
We Are Sent Here By History
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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
MasterCrackfox
80
If you're a fan of the sound of modern jazz acts Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming, this collection of jazz songs is a guaranteed win given the front-man saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings who is associated with all three acts. It's a constantly shifting and spiritual adventure that feels far more traditional than the other two acts Hutchings is involved with, which are often heavily experimental and fall more within the terriroty of nu jazz.

Shabaka and the Ancestors is guided so heavily by ... read more
Z.Younk
73
This isn't like your average new age jazz record youd hear in the late 10's, this has some real edge to it, an exciting energy that makes it instantly engaging to even jazz-casuals and maybe some non-fans. Shabaka Hutchings as elements of a Fela record, Caribbean and African influences and develops a much more immersive and unique atmosphere around him on this record.
HoodieBraden
90
I think this might be the best jazz record of the last decade tbh...at least, the best that I've heard.

Keeping the age-old jazz legacy of Impulse! Records alive, Shabaka and The Ancestors have delivered one of the most expressive and intricate jazz albums that we've seen in a long time. This thing just creates its own superior atmosphere as soon as the first instrument is played. Those drums kick in, then the horns matched with some obscure phrase-shouting and you start to feel like you've ... read more
Plats
93
After the more recent jazz albums, especially this one, I think I'm warming up to this genre. "We Are Sent Here By History" is a phenomenal record that builds upon the classic, African-American roots of the genre. The compositions are incredible, the rhythms and progressions are enthralling, the atmosphere is engaging and the themes are powerful. It also shows that Shabaka Hutchings is a very versatile figure in the world of modern jazz.

Fav Tracks: Go My Heart, Go to Heaven; They ... read more
WildChameleon
80
2016 : plenty bands including some of this list, BBNG and esperanza spalding
2017 : Kamasi Washington
2018 : Sons of Kemet
2019 : The comet is coming
2020 : Shabaka and the Ancestors

Each year when I truly started to listen jazz : an excellent jazz work. It appears to be this one for 2020 !
peachyibby
80
**For those into this genre of music**

Check out the albums Akoben and Togetherness by Kumasi (not on this site). Some great afrobeat & a little taste of the New Orleans jazz scene.

Love the vibes and messages here. I’m a fan of Fela Kuti, so of course I’m into this.
DareG
98
As with any Shabaka Hutchings led release whether Sons Of Kemet, The Comets Are Coming, or Shabaka and the Ancestors you know the fire will be lit and reaching to the heavens. Shabaka led projects have been at or near the top of my list for the past two years and 2020 will not be an exception. The only thing better than listening to one of his albums is seeing the bands burn it up live. We Are Sent Her By History is a revelation. Near perfect in every way musicianship, message, rhythms, ... read more
FleetwoodGrips
87
Everytime I hear an album that mixes jazz with the many layers of African experimentation, I'm always in awe. The fast paced percussions, the vibrant arrays of instruments creating a groovy atmosphere like none other. It always reminds me of my Caribbean roots in Soca and Reggae. I get this child-like fascination the deep concord between Caribbean sounds and its historical roots. In other words, I love afro-jazz.

It's also safe to say that, given my love for afro-jazz, I would love this ... read more
TeodoreMcgee
80
The leader of the band that made my second favorite jazz album of 2018 (Sons of Kemet) and member of the band that made my favorite jazz album of 2019 (The Comet Is Coming) releases this album with another musical project that is the band that bears his name, Shabaka and the Ancestors, of course I am talking about the British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings.

In Sons Of Kemet, we have a more multi-cultural approach, in The Comet Is Coming we have a more contemporary and futuristic approach, and ... read more
Pal
86
I really don't listen to much jazz but wow this was sensational front to back.
pressrg
85
"For the colonized, to be a moralist quite plainly means silencing the arrogance of the colonist, breaking his spiral of violence, in a word ejecting him outright from the picture".
—Frantz Fanon, "On Violence".
CiaranHelmink
90
Shabaka Hutchings proves himself to be one of the most creative and versatile saxophonists of the past decade or so, releasing another album with his Shabaka and the Ancestors group. The album focusses mostly on very grim and poeticly framed stories of slavery. These very intense poems combined with absolutely stellar musicianship makes for an intense yet gratifying listen.

Like I said before, Shabaka Hutchings' saxophone performances are absolutely stellar. Having said that; I do not mean ... read more
Houdanny
80
I always enjoy listening to Jazz and the different interpretations that come with it. And that's what's so refreshing about listening to modern jazz, as it's great to see the advancements that have come with the genre so many decades after its inception. And this album is a great example of this, the lyricism and stylistic nature of this album has to be applauded. It's also a very easy and calming listen despite its harsh and in your face lyricism.

Standout: Behold the Deceiver
Favs: They ... read more
linkz02
80
A transcendent and hypnotic experience is what We Are Sent Here From History is, with an established theme of pride given by it's subtle spoken word passages.

Best Tracks - THEY WHO MUST DIE, YOU'VE BEEN CALLED, BEHOLD THE DECEIVER, THE COMING OF THE STRANGE ONES, WE WILL WORK (ON REDEFINING MANHOOD), 'TIL THE FREEDOM COMES HOME, FINALLY THE MAN CRIED

Worst Tracks - BEASTS TOO SPOKE OF SUFFERING
sanfordfriedman
80
Shabaka Hutchings is one of the most fascinating jazz artists of the modern day. He uses quick, staccato sax / clarinet lines that contrast with an unorthodox rhythm section. This isn't his first foray into afro-jazz, as his work with Sons of Kemet represents this, but I think this album represents his near-perfection on the genre.

The first track is an epic 10-minute song that perfectly prepares you for the journey ahead. It has the standard Shabaka-style sax lines, but with crazy jazz ... read more
GarethA
80
WE VIBING

Alright for context, I know next to nothing about modern jazz. I know very little about jazz in general, I've heard some Coltrane (both John and Alice), a bunch of Davis and a bit of Sun Ra and that's about it. I did also hear The Comet Is Coming's 2019 album though, and was a big fan of it so I was excited for this one since I knew Shabaka was associated with both. Needless to say, this did not let me down: right from the amazing opener I was hooked. All of the songs did a really ... read more
Reyes2k
67
I really wanted to like this but it just didn't click with me :(
STW
70
I feel really happy listening to this. It isn't anything groundbreaking but the African influences are pulled off really well
orangedroog65
NR
Really hard for me to process.
GabrielDiablo
47
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