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Darkness and light. LEMON WIRE reviews; The Comet is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

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Shabaka Hutchings has been one of the fastest rising stars in the world of jazz as of late, and more distinctly, has gained recognition as a pioneer in sonic experimentation. With three bands at his helm, the London saxophonist has been busy fulfilling all his musical dreams and fantasies, which has attracted not only the attention of jazz enthusiasts but the admiration of now-established jazz crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington.

And he hasn't done this by the book either. Hutchings has gained this attention while also dividing his seemingly boundless energy between three projects. There is the ferocious Caribbean rhythmic jazz noise that he makes with Sons of Kemet, who will be playing Big Ears Festival in Knoxville (along with The Comet is Coming) later this week. Adding on to that is his group Shabaka and the Ancestors, where Hutchings has explored the many different African expressions of jazz, especially those of South Africa, where many of the band's members hail from.

The project The Comet is Coming interweaves itself with much of Hutchings' other work, music that courageously plays with many different types of world rhythm and musical traditions. What sets The Comet is Coming apart is its cosmic considerations, its unabashed yearning for interstellar musical storytelling. These elements of widescreen exploration, along with their sonic landscape, draws comparisons the band and much of Kamasi Washington's work, which similarly reaches for lofty ideals in the midst space-age jazz breakdowns that circulate into pure fury.

Though The Comet is Coming can be casually compared to Washington's music, the band also sets off on its own path, one farther removed the traditional modes and structures of jazz, and to a place where the path is unknown and obscured. What Hutchings discovers along the way is the dark underbelly of music, that conglomeration of sounds that is born out of a mysterious creative process few understand. Like the birth of the world, the birth of music is a strange process of colliding forces, of harmony and disorder, of separation and union. What emerges on "Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery" is far-reaching in both directions, towards the darkness of the unknown and the light of hope and unity.