Heavy Eastern vibes here from free jazz legend Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin. At 82, Sonny Simmons enlists the help of French musicians Moksha Samnyasin to once again engage in the deconstruction of genres with the aptly titled Nomadic. A slowcore rhythm section, psych-infused drones and Simmons’ far-reaching alto sax combine in a bitches brew of distant cacophony. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Svart.
8/10 Kim Staff review, 05 March 2015
Well I put this on first thing this morning and Phil the universal saxophone hater hasn't piped up once to complain.
I've not come across Sonny Simmons before, there's just too much music in the world, but my sources inform me that he made his first album in 1966! His saxophone playing has such a wonderful clarity and tone. Moksha Samnyasin are a merry band of French musicians Thomas Bellier , Sébastien Bismuth, and Michel Kristof . It's a very modern sounding album, fused with psychedelic rocksteady drums, free jazz elements and driving bass, and the more unusual but perfectly complimentary sitar and cor anglais weaving into the tapestry..... good things!
This might be one of those records that I listen to obsessively everyday for a while!
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