New stuff from Tony Allen, Mark Guil­iana, The Dark­ness and more

Allen swings like Art…

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Though famed as an Afrobeat pi­o­neer, Tony Allen is one of the finest jazz drum­mers bash­ing the skins today, with an en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy be­hind the kit that brings ob­vi­ous com­par­isons with his hero Art Blakey. Fol­low­ing on from his ex­cel­lent Blakey trib­ute EP ear­lier this year, Allen’s full LP of orig­i­nal tracks sim­i­larly echoes famed jazz la­bel Blue Note’s classic era, as well as be­ing a prov­ing ground for some of today’s most ex­cit­ing mu­si­cians. On The Source, Allen’s mostly French band – trom­bon­ist Daniel Zim­mer­mann, sax player Rémi Sci­uto, bass player Mathias Al­la­mane and Vin­cent Tau­relle on keys – helps bring to vivid life what Allen calls a mu­si­cal re­flec­tion of his mu­si­cal jour­ney to date. Com­pos­ing with long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor, sax­o­phon­ist Yann Jankielewicz, he brings an in­cred­i­ble creativity – lead­ing and cre­at­ing from the kit – to the al­bum’s di­verse col­lec­tion of classic but modern-sound­ing jazz. Blur/Go­ril­laz man Da­mon Al­barn is even found play­ing pi­ano on ‘Cool Cats’, an up­tempo riot of film sound­track­esque modern jazz with Tony swing­ing beau­ti­fully. ‘Bad Roads’ has a dubby feel along­side the classic, smokey jazz; ‘Tony’s Blues’ has a clear Afrobeat ori­gin; ‘Life Is Beau­ti­ful’ has a deep, deep funk back­bone; ‘Wolf Eats Wolf’ is a groovy horn work­out, with Allen beaver­ing away at the kit, as al­ways pro­vid­ing a fault­less groove with ex­cit­ing, im­pro­vised fills and licks. Very cool stuff!

Tony Allen: Afrobeat pi­o­neer and jazz drum­ming ge­nius

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