Six-strong collective Maisha draw from the deep well that is London’s jazz scene in 2018, and this – their debut album for Brownswood – stands alongside some of their illustrious peers.
Spiritual jazz that goes deeper than most, it matches a playful slant to its mystical playing; ‘Osiris’ is a glorious opening cut, while ‘Kaa’ feels like a joyously feminine counterpart to the seminal work of Pharoah Sanders, it’s deep groove augmented by ever-groundbreaking sonics. ‘Azure’ is a subtle, evidently beautiful piece, with title cut ‘There Is A Place’ boasting a heavenly feel.
Pushed forward by the percussive awareness of Jake Long and featuring stellar saxophonist Nubya Garcia (who also doubles up on flute), Maisha is a true group project, where each instrument is given equal value.
Another sign of the creative ripples emanating from London’s jazz underground, ‘There Is A Place’ features some stunning playing with an abiding awareness of the power music can hold.
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