Words by Ed King
Led by Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the London born Barbados raised musician & composer, Sons of Kemet were quickly heralded by the contemporary Jazz scene. Combining influences from across the globe, including ‘Caribbean folk and traditional African diasporan history’, the progressive four piece built a big reputation relatively quickly.
And with Oren Marshall on Tuba, alongside two drummers – Seb Roachford & Tom Skinner – the Sons of Kemet were first covered by Birmingham Review, again at the Hare & Hounds, back in June 2012. Read Robert Kornreich’s Birmingham Review here.
But a week is long time in politics, so three years and four months is an eon in local music programming; no doubt the veraciously received Sons of Kemet have a few new notes up their sleeves.
After all, you don’t get called ‘one of the most original ensembles in recent British Jazz’ (Jazzlines) for rehashing standards ever summer. At least, we hope.
But time will tell. And in the mean time have a stop, look & listen at the below:
Sons of Kemet – Beware + Inner Babylon compositions Shabaka Hutchings
Son of Kemet come to the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath) Thursday 22nd October, as promoted by Jazzlines. For direct gig info, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/event-listings/event/?eventID=10035223