Idris Ackamoor, a veteran of Cecil Taylor’s Black Music Ensemble, is one of those cosmic jazz warriors who, like Pharoah Sanders and Marshall Allen, simply never stopped.
In 2016, the inspirational Ackamoor reformed his ‘70s Afro-jazz outfit The Pyramids to release the acclaimed album We Be All Africans on Strut. In the time of Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings and Esperanza Spalding et al, Ackamoor’s music once again feels very vital.
The Pyramids’ signature sound combines spiritual jazz with a heavy dose of Frafra music from Northern Ghana, a result of an extended 1972 tour on the continent that included a visit to the Ghanaian town of Bolgatanga. Some 45 years after that initial connection, the Pyramids collaborated with Kologo star Guy One for a uniquely Afrofuturist single “Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba.”
Between these new black Atlantic collaborations and the buzz around We Be All Africans, it’s arguable that Ackamoor’s star has never shone brighter than right now.
“a post-be-bop Prince” NEW YORK TIMES
“This follow – up is nothing less than extraordinary…pure astral tripping.” MOJO
“Expansive, danceable body and soul music that simultaneously channels Tony Allen and Sun Ra while retaining their unique signature sound.” THE CRACK MAGAZINE
In association with Moving on Music
Thursday 24 January, 8.00pm
The second Yorkston/Thorne/Khan album was released by Domino in April and represents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists.
The combination is unusual: YTK’s Everything Sacred, released in 2016, may be the only precedent. Yet while, on paper, the constituent elements might seem disparate, the recent, hugely acclaimed album is, if anything, even more coherent than its predecessor.
It also basks in a truly magnificent title: Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars. Just don’t call it fusion.
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