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npr-First Listen, The Comet Is Coming new release; 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery'

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The Comet Is Coming's Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery comes out March 15 via Impulse! In some early press materials for the new release by The Comet Is Coming, the album is said to "envisage a 21st-century take on spiritual jazz that is part Alice Coltrane, part Blade Runner." That unlikely mashup of influences should begin to make sense within the first 30 seconds of the album's opening track, with its ominous yet strangely meditative synth-and-sax drone.

The title of the album is Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, which suggests that our basket of cultural allusions might also accommodate a cheeky artifact like This Is Spinal Tap. Not that outright comedy is on the agenda for The Comet Is Coming, a London confab with Shabaka Hutchings on reeds, Dan Leavers on keyboards and Max Hallett on drums. But these shrewdly rambunctious musicians - billed respectively as King Shabaka, Danalogue and Betamax - have a way of implying mischief, in a meta sense, even when they're playing it totally straight.  PHOTO: Fabrice Bourgelle/Courtesy of the artist.

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