Nubya Garcia - Source
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #145 / 809
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #181
Liked by 11 people
August 21, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Concord / Label
Jazz / Genres
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On her stunning debut, the tenor saxophonist and rising member of the London jazz scene meditates on her humble family heritage, the continuum of jazz history, and the power of collective action in our present moment.

Loud and Quiet

Garcia’s force as a saxophonist and as a bandleader seems like it could be a challenge. And at times it is. But it’s a challenge worth taking on.

The Line of Best Fit

Chockful of jazz that embraces you in a familiar feeling, Source is akin to an old friend you may not see for a while, but whenever you do, the world feels that little bit brighter and it’s as if no time has passed at all.


Stepping into the spotlight with a debut solo album, Nubya Garcia's skills as a saxophonist are only rivalled by her talent for composing.


Source, with its adventurous, kinetic, and sophisticated approach in wedding modern composition, improvisation, and production to rhythmic and harmonic traditions, is one of the very best.


Garcia allows these songs to ebb and flow without a clear end point in mind, allowing the interplay between her band-members to become this album’s primary draw. She has proven herself to be just as formidable a composer as she is a performer.

The Observer

The sax star delivers a multi-mood, guest-rich celebration of the music of the African diaspora, from reggae to cumbia.

A pleasant listen with nice recording. The keys set the environment, the bass creates the groove, the drums tend to add a bit of urgency, and Nubya's sax flows on top of it all, usually a tad bit too loud. Favorite tracks are probably Source and The Message Continues, as the self-titled has a nice reggae vibe and Message's keys have a Chicago feel with crisp drumming. This is kinda what I expected from Dinner Party. I also respect the fusion of different cultural elements, best heard on La ... read more
Even though she was born in London, England, Nubya Garcia has always kept her ears open for South American production, especially jazz. Daughter of a Trinitarian father and Guyanese mother, the British saxophonist and composer made precisely this relationship with Latin music a prominent element in the brand new English scene, narrowing the relationship with important names that have emerged over the last decade, such as Ezra Collective and Makaya McCraven. However, in addition to the dialogue ... read more
No puedo creer que esto sea un debut!, wow. "Source" es una compilación muy cohesiva de música Jazz, los instrumentales se sienten muy ricos en cuanto a la composición y la dirección a donde van, a pesar de que los tracks son largos no son repetitivos y presentan una fórmula que agrada bastante al oído. Este álbum es perfecto para escuchar mientras cocinas, dibujas, o si estás leyendo un libro igual lo puedes poner. Lo he ... read more
A very pleasant Jazz record off first listen. Can see this growing so may revisit soon.
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Track List

  1. Pace
  2. The Message Continues
  3. Source (feat. Ms Maurice, Cassie Kinoshi & Richie Seivwright)
  4. Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be
  5. Stand With Each Other
  6. Inner Game
  7. La cumbia me está llamando (feat. La Perla)
  8. Before Us: In Demerara & Caura (feat. Ms Maurice)
  9. Boundless Beings (feat. Akenya)
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Added on: July 17, 2020