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Sons Of Kemet Audio CD
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In the spring of 2011, patrons of Charlie Wright's in East London saw a performance that stopped them in their tracks. It was the unveiling of a group with a unique take on jazz, Caribbean folk music and African Diasporan history. The band was Sons of Kemet, a super-group of sorts led by clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings, featuring Oren Marshall on tuba and both Tom ... Read more in Amazon's Sons Of Kemet Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naim Jazz
  • ASIN: B00D01CG58
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. All Will Surely Burn 6:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Godfather 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Inner Babylon 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Book of Disquiet 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Going Home 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Adonia's Lullaby 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Song for Galeano 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beware 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Itis 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rivers of Babylon 8:370.99  Buy MP3 

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Seldom has a band on the British jazz scene created such a buzz before releasing an album, but Sons of Kemet have done just that. A super-group of sorts led by clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings with Oren Marshall on tuba and both Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums, Sons of Kemet release their stunning debut album Burn. Although born in London, Hutchings spent most of his childhood in Barbados. On returning to the UK in 1999 he was soon heralded as an exceptional talent on the British jazz scene, not only playing with luminaries such as Soweto Kinch, Courtney Pine and The Heliocentrics but also being named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. However, he felt the music he was playing lacked the Caribbean slant of his background and thus, Sons of Kemet (Kemet is one of the first recognised names for ancient Egypt and its last Nubian king was called Shabaka) was born. It's partly the deployment of two drummers - and two powerhouse drummers at that - gives Sons of Kemet their compelling and infectious sound. Skinner and Rochford's visceral exchange of rhythmic ideas is an unforgettable, highly danceable experience. Throw into this one of the great wild cards of contemporary British music, Oren Marshall on tuba, and you have a wonderfully unorthodox configuration. A curiously addictive album that manages to appeal to both heart and mind, there is little to compare it with.


'Recommended new release' --Drummer Magazine

"an album that makes the perfect storm of Seb Rochford's and Tom Skinner's collective percussion sound, as if it's moved into your house" --The Guardian ****

"Deeply strange but also compelling" -- The Telegraph

"Unlike some of their peers, Sons Of Kemet can move from melodic maelstroms to moving meditations in a moment. Driven by Marshall's droning tuba riffs, the drivingly hypnotic 'Going Home' gives way to probably one of the most beautiful and haunting ballads in any genre this year, 'Adiona's Lullaby'" -- The Quietus

"this is mesmerising trance music of great power" -- The Independent

"The music connects New Orleans marching band and Jamaican dance rhythms while also reaching further back into the African tradition, and drummers Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner lend both a streetwise edge and an unashamedly melodic undercurrent. Repeated listens reveal more and more detail on an album that grabs the attention from the word go and - beware - may well have an addictive effect."

--The Herald Scotland

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and original 22 Sep 2013
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This is compelling stuff! Two drummers, a tuba and a saxophonist/clarinet player who although British spend most of his childhood in Barbados where he learnt to play. The Tuba fills in where the bass would be, creating some driving rhythms alongside the two drummers on the faster tracks, or a dramatic soundscape on the gentler tracks. On the opening track the Tuba and sax both play off each other frantically. the Tuba driving along frantically, occasionally sounding almost avant-garde and free. The lead playing draws from African and Caribbean sounds, with Inner Babylon opening up with a Ska-like sound. Book of disquiet gives you a rest with a chilled out, atmospheric soundscape before the playful and catchy 'Going Home' in which melodies from Shabaka Hutching's seem to weave around a pulsing Tuba.

I thoroughly enjoyed this - no song is the same, and the album is original and unpredictable. The final track is a mournful cover or 'Rivers of Babylon' propelled on by the dual drumming! Brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOW - interesting talented and different 13 Oct 2013
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Unusual arrangement - two drummers a tuba and a clarinet/sax. Quite complex, sometimes challenging but all skilled and intersting to hear. More driving and listening to, than background or while you work music. I love the complex percussion and these guys really lay down some great rhythms.

Not for the faint hearted or those wanting easy-listening but certainly enriches my collection with some real acid /sharp modern contempory jaz players who are pushing the boundaries and extending the art form - what more can you ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars just blindingly good modern music 8 Aug 2014
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Interesting, vibrant, rythmic, intense... an astounding new voice and direction from the Jazz scene... or is it Jazz... just blindingly good modern music. A must buy for anyone and everyone... even though it's not the easiest of listens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
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Excellent, highly recommended
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