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Shabaka And The Ancestors is even deeper than before on 'We Are Sent Here By History' / STEREOGUM

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And now, here are the best new jazz albums of the month!

In 2015, British reeds player Shabaka Hutchings, also of Sons Of Kemet and the Comet Is Coming, traveled to South Africa and hooked up with a crew of musicians: alto saxophonist Mthunzi Mvubu, trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, keyboardist Nduduzo Makhathini, bassist Ariel Zamonsky, drummer Tumi Mogorosi, percussionist Gontse Makhene, and vocalist Siyabonga Mthembu. Their debut album, Wisdom Of Elders, was a fantastic blend of Western and African jazz traditions, with poetic lyrics from Mthembu, but it felt like a kind of miraculous one-off. Turns out it's an actual band. Their second album is basically a concept record; all the track titles come from a poem by Mthembu, and the music is arguably even deeper than before. "The Coming Of The Strange Ones" is a pulsing, shuffling vamp that feels like dancing barefoot in the dust as the stars whirl above you.   PHOTO CREDIT: Leeroy Jason

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