Sons of Kemet: Burn

Sons of Kemet: Burn

Album title:
Sons of Kemet: Burn
Composer(s):
Sons of Kemet
Works:
Burn
Performer:
Shabaka Hutchings (sax), Oren Marshall (tuba), Tom Skinner, Seb Rochford (drums)
Label:
Naim Jazz
Catalogue Number:
naimcd195
Performance:
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Recording:
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Sons of Kemet: Burn

 

There’s been a bit of a jazz buzz about the release of this disc, given the high calibre of players involved. And it doesn’t disappoint; the opening track sounds like an approaching stampede of elephants. It’s exciting, original and challenging, with the thundering double percussion of Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner often making the foundations of the album’s tracks tremble to the core.

We need to look to saxist Shabaka Hutchings for a clue to the band’s name. ‘Kemet’ is a name for an Ancient Egyptian kingdom and ‘Shabaka’ was its last Nubian king. Known for his previous work with Courtney Pine on Caribbean projects, Hutchings has dug deep in his own Barbadian roots, linking in music from New Orleans and West Africa. The result is an often unpredictable edge-of-seat atmosphere, helped by the earthy tones of Oren Marshall on tuba. Sons of Kemet is definitely a band to catch live and this November’s Barbican date should prove a London Jazz Festival hit.

Neil McKim