New stuff from Tony Allen, Mark Guiliana, The Darkness and more
Allen swings like Art…
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