Album of the Week 23-27 September
Joe Armon-Jones – Turn To Clear View [Brownswood Recordings] Morning Mari*’s album of the week is Joe Armon-Jones’ “Turn To Clear View“, out on the 20th of September on our beloved Brownswood Recordings. ‘Turn To Clear View’ finds Armon-Jones pushing the boundaries of his sound into exciting new territory. It’s a set which blurs the…
Joe Armon-Jones – Turn To Clear View [Brownswood Recordings]
‘Turn To Clear View’ finds Armon-Jones pushing the boundaries of his sound into exciting new territory. It’s a set which blurs the lines between bass-heavy dub, contemporary club culture and his background as a pioneering force in the modern jazz scene. That singular vision is heightened with flourishes of R&B, hip-hop and p-funk. It’s music of substance – relevant to the here and now, but sure to be heralded as an influence in the years that follow.
Inspired by fresh influences and experiences that have arisen over the course of the past year, the album is the result of Armon-Jones’s studious creative process. He writes continuously and organically – initial ideas coming quickly and swiftly recorded as voice notes before they’re evolved and tweaked, often over the course of several months.
The album itself is all the better for Armon-Jones’ focus. Its lead single ‘Yellow Dandelion’ is a case in point. Soaring vocals from the neo-soul visionary Georgia Anne Muldrow are its most immediately enticing calling card, but Armon-Jones’s flair for intricacies and dynamics provides its substance. From powerful crescendos to his irresistible keyboard solos, ‘Yellow Dandelion’ pushes the fundamentals of funk firmly into 2019.
That love of the unconventional shines through on ‘The Leo & Aquarius’ as Armon-Jones’s spacious instrumental allowing Jehst’s character-fuelled raps to take centre-stage. Rising talent Obongjayar provides a similarly adventurous spirit, infusing the exploratory, progressive jam ‘Self: Love’ with some highlife flavour. Opening track ‘Try Walk With Me’ immediately sets the tone – with Asheber helping to stir a cocktail of hazy Latin American and Afrikan influences with acid jazz.
‘Turn To Clear View’ also features his regular bandmates Oscar Jerome, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia, whose uncompromising yet accessible sax on ‘You Didn’t Care’ stands out as a highlight.
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1. ‘Try Walk With Me’ (featuring Asheber)
2. ‘Yellow Dandelion’ (featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow)
3. ‘Gnawa Sweet’
4. ‘Icy Roads (Stacked)’
5. ‘(To Know) Where You’re Coming From’
6. ‘The Leo & Aquarius’ (featuring Jehst)
7. ‘You Didn’t Care’ (featuring Nubya Garcia)
8. ‘Self: Love’ (featuring Obongjayar)