YAZZ AHMED

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Young trum­peter crafts an in­ter­na­tional, modern jazz al­bum

On her second LP, Ahmed, a Bri­tish-Bahraini trum­peter, flugel­horn player and band­leader, com­bines three evoca­tive strands of sound – the ex­ploratory jazz of late-’60s/early-’70s Miles Davis and Alice Coltrane, the Ara­bic modes of her her­itage and the elec­tronic tex­tures she was ex­posed to work­ing with Ra­dio­head and Th­ese New Pu­ri­tans. The re­sults range from the am­bi­ent ECM-ism of in­ter­ludes such as “In­spi­ra­tion Ex­pi­ra­tion” and the heavy skit­ter­ing funk of her ver­sion of Ra­dio­head’s “Bloom”, to the sub­ma­rine jazz of “The Space Be­tween The Fish And The Moon”, with Ahmed pro­cess­ing a trum­pet live through a Kaoss pad.

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