KA­MAAL WIL­LIAMS

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The Re­turn BLACK Fo­CUs 8/10 Jazz fu­sion with Lon­don at­ti­tude

As one half of Yussef Ka­maal, Ka­maal Wil­liams – aka Peck­ham-based key­boardist Henry Wu – blazed a new path for jazz, tak­ing the silky fu­sion sounds of Roy Ay­ers and Lon­nie Lis­ton Smith and in­ject­ing them with ur­gent Lon­don flavour. Yussef Ka­maal met an ac­ri­mo­nious end last year, but The Re­turn finds Wu back at the helm of a new four-piece band. “High Roller” and “Med­ina” are laid­back and el­e­gant, blessed with Wu’s daz­zling, twin­kling key­board runs. But “Bro­ken theme” adds a note of chal­lenge, re­call­ing the frac­tured rhythms of the ’90s bro­ken-beat scene, while “Lon­don Shuf­fle” is dark, heads-down funk with a scorch­ing solo from guesting gui­tarist Mansur Brown.

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