There Is A Place 8/10

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An­other stun­ner from Lon­don’s thriv­ing ‘new jazz’ scene

Hav­ing pro­vided the open­ing track on Fe­bru­ary’s in­dis­pens­able UK jazz primer We Out Here, Maisha are round­ing off the year with an equally es­sen­tial al­bum of their own. Led by drum­mer Jake Long, the sex­tet are clearly well-versed in the touch­stones of spir­i­tual jazz, though their trip is more bu­colic than cos­mic, in­vig­o­rated by oc­ca­sional bursts of African rhythm. Sax­o­phon­ist/flautist Nubya Gar­cia is the group’s trump card, but ev­ery mem­ber has a key role to play, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tional harp and string play­ers, who con­trib­ute to lush ar­range­ments that re­call Charles Step­ney’s work for Ro­tary Con­nec­tion and Ram­sey Lewis. A lovely record.

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