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Black Focus - Yussef Kamaal | Brownswood BWOOD157LP

Black Focus
Yussef Kamaal

12" Album

Label: Brownswood

Cat No: BWOOD157LP

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 4th November 2016

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Description

Description

The borders between London's musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital - with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat - has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre's longrunning to-and-fro with hip hop - from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington - has reimagined it within US culture. On 'Black Focus', Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London. Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of '70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it's a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes - and approach to playing - are indebted to Thelonious Monk's piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

Track Listing

Track Listing

Track NumberTrack Name
1Black Focus
2Strings of Light
3Remembrance
4Yo Chavez
5Ayla
6O.G.
7Lowrider
8Mansur's Message
9WingTai Drums
10Joint 17

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