We Out Here
This is it – your perfect jumping-off point into the burgeoning and vibrant UK jazz scene – 9 incredible tracks that showcase the incredible talent out there right now.
Jazz is having a significant resurgence and this compilation from Giles Peterson’s ever-reliable Brownswood label celebrates the best of the young British scene. These tracks, which were all recorded over the course of 3 days in 2017, shine a light on an explosive musical discipline that’s bursting with new ideas and astonishing artistry. It’s been an absolute winner in the shop and has been on the stereo repeatedly since February. We reckon it’s going to be a crucial artifact that shows some of the UK’s brightest talents at their creative peaks – for us, it already feels like it’s a benchmark. It’s also a launch pad into this new strain of the ever-broadening jazz genre – just about everyone here has been featured on / has made their own album in the last 12 months – all of them well worth investigating. None more so, in our eyes, than makers of our #2 album of the year, Sons Of Kemet, with 3 out of 4 of the band making an appearance here.
Clocking in at just under an hour, these tracks jump from uptempo and urgent in a way that recalls early GoGo Penguin (Moses Boyd), to stomping, blasting jazz for the dancefloor (Theon Cross and Shabaka Hutchings), Coltrane-y spirituals (Nubya Garcia), Eric Gale and Weather Report jazz rock (Triforce), to breaks laden hip hop groove (Joe Armon-Jones) and beyond. Despite all of the various styles and techniques exhibited, it’s a surprisingly cohesive affair, helped in no small part by the fact these tracks share so many players. Almost everyone’s on more than one track, with Nubya Garcia popping up with a wind instrument on nearly half of the album. The ties between these musicians stretches beyond this compilation, with many of them helping each other record their full lengths. It’s that level of connection that elevates this from an interesting cross section of something exciting, to a genuinely important exploration of a scene that’s doing something profoundly different. These tracks may be headed by different artists but the ties between them all make it a truly collaborative affair.
If you’ve been enjoying Kamasi Washington or Sons Of Kemet and are looking to explore further afield…or if you are already a jazz-head and want to get your hands on some of the best modern recordings that’ll stand the test of time, then ‘We Out Here’ has you covered.
“A window into a world of London's ripe jazz renaissance, one that will only spread to new shores” - NPR
- Maisha - Inside The Acorn
- Ezra Collective - Pure Shade
- Moses Boyd - The Balance
- Theon Cross - Brockley
- Nubya Garcia - Once
- Shabaka Hutchings - Black Skin, Black Masks
- Triforce - Walls
- Joe Armon-Jones - Go See
- Kokoroko - Abusey Junction