Shabaka and the Ancestors - Wisdom of Elders
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2016 Ratings: #202
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September 16, 2016 / Release Date
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Brownswood / Label
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While not as good as the group's most recent LP, Wisdom of Elders still packs the unique and structurally impressive avant-garde jazz and colorful melodies that Shabaka and the Ancestors pull off so well.
Favourite Tracks: Mzwandile, The Observer, The Sea, Natty, OBS, Nguni
Least Favourite Tracks: N/A
The record starts very well, but as it goes it leaves you with the feeling that they could have explored the sounds further.
Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings leads a group of musicians from South Africa and together, they explore the spiritual virtue of the past through a free-jazz ritual, recorded just in one day and with no rehearsals, that praises the width of Afro-Futurism.
Prolific brittish saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is at it again with another big release in 2016. Now joining forces with a special ensemble of jazz musicians from South Africa, the artist explores a much more improvised and pulsing direction in his music, in a vivid sonic experience that overtakes the listener at first, but that would rather let him find shelter for himself in this afro-futuristic version of his latest work with The Comet is Coming. Wisdom of Elders is quite the journey through ... read more
There is something special and fun about feeling the musicians react to each other in such an unfiltered way. Isn´t that what jazz is all about?
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Track List

  1. Mzwandile
  2. Joyous
  3. The Observer
  4. The Sea
  5. The Observed
  6. Natty
  7. Obs
  8. Give Thanks
  9. Nguni
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Added on: September 16, 2016