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On Sons of Kemet’s third studio album, and first under the impulse! label, Shabaka Hutchings and his band incorporate sounds of global jazz all while keeping a consistent and pulsing groove throughout the record. Shabaka Hutchings is a saxophonist, composer, and band leader based in the UK. He is the newest signing to the impulse! label, and he is in three prominent jazz outfits – Sons of Kemet, Shabaka & The Ancestors, and The Comet Is Coming. Sons of Kemet is the iconoclastic mix of tenor sax, tuba and double drums.

On this third studio album, they bring a genre defying approach that celebrates the restless exploration of identity within the Caribbean diaspora within the U.K. Your Queen is a Reptile was recorded in London with a host of guests spanning the breadth of the U.K. scene including jungle legend Congo Natty and poet Joshua Idehen. Sonically, this album stretches from New Orleans to the Caribbean to London to the Middle East. With the instrumentation of tuba, drums and sax, it has a second-line quality that marches into the Caribbean diaspora. There is spoken word, rap, and elements of dub, further emphasizing jazz’s place in today’s hip-hop world.

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Patrick says: Now on Impulse! Shabaka Hutchings' ensemble celebrate the U.K.'s Caribbean diaspora with a genre blending fusion of jazz, hip hop and dub perfectly timed for the Windrush anniversary.

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2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Johnny Hartman

I Just Dropped By To Say Hello - Back To Black Edition

The second Impulse! session for ballad singer Johnny Hartman followed his classic collaboration with John Coltrane. Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces, which include "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Sleepin' Bee," "Stairway to the Stars," and even "Charade." Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet is on five of the songs, guitarists Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall help out on a few tunes, and Hartman is consistently accompanied by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Elvin Jones. This is one of his finest recordings.

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LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Totally sublime and spiritual stuff from John Coltrane's missus, heavily influenced by her travels in India. Features Pharoah Sanders, Rashid Ali, Cecil Mc Bee, Charlie Haden and Mrs Coltrane on piano and harp. An absolutely beautiful record, guaranteed to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up every time - YOU MUST BUY IT!!

STAFF COMMENTS

David says: Spiritual jazz at its most beautiful. It was incredibly fashionable to go to India in the late sixties, find yourself and then come home and write a crap song featuring sitars. Alice however, comes back with one of the greatest albums of all time, sublime.

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CD Info: Digi-pack CD reissue.

John Coltrane

A Love Supreme

Quite simply "A Love Supreme" is an essential jazz classic. Not only Coltrane's best-known work, but one he regarded as his gift to God. It's undeniably one of the most important and influential jazz records ever made. This newly remastered deluxe two CD set is breathtaking in its scope. The first disc consists of the 1965 version but the second disc has the Coltrane Quartet's only live performance of the suite, recorded at the Antibes jazz festival that summer and receiving its first authorized release. Most notably, it also includes the long-rumoured sextet version of the opening movement, receiving its first release of any kind. Mastered by the original recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, and containing extensive annotation and many photographs, this is the definitive edition of an indisputable masterpiece.

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2xCD Info: Deluxe two CD limited edition

John Coltrane

The Olantunji Concert

Already suffering from the liver cancer that would end his life three months later "The Olatunji Concert" was the last live recording to be made by the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. On it, his power remains undiminished and the intensity of the performance is both noble and intimidating with drummer Rashid Ali in a brutal mood whilst Alice Coltrane's piano and Pharoah Sanders' tenor sax add a tenderness and edge respectively to a concert of challenging proportions and undeniable historical significance.

John Coltrane

Standards

It's an often overlooked fact that apart from being one of the greatest innovators in jazz and an intense live improviser, John Coltrane could also demonstrate a mellow, melodic side with equal aplomb. This compilation of ten tracks shows the more restrained 'ballad' style of the jazz legend.


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