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Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History makes 'JazzTimes: Top 40 New Jazz Releases of 2020'

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JazzTimes writes......For our 2020 Year in Review section, we calculated the top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2020 based on year-end lists by our writers. They were asked to choose the 10 best new releases and five best historical titles-i.e., albums and box sets consisting primarily of music recorded 10 or more years ago. Some discs may have slipped through the cracks, but one that didn't was Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History (Impulse!).

Incorporating strains from the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, and A Love Supreme, London's Shabaka and the Ancestors lead the U.K. jazz revival, complete with Shabaka Hutchings' tooting, simmering Caribbean-styled tenor, found sound loops and percussion, rumbling drums, and heaving acoustic bass amid sweltering atmospheres. Though it brings nothing new, the music's resuscitation/mashup of past jazz glories speaks to everything lost in the heady 1970s, with a nod to a hopeful jazz future.
KEN MICALLEF

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