Release Date: 08/06/21
Bristol experimental jazz collectiveâ¯Ishmael Ensembleâ¯reveal their expansive new albumâ¯Visions of Light.
Bristol experimental jazz collectiveâ¯Ishmael Ensembleâ¯reveal their expansive new albumâ¯Visions of Light.â¯The follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2019 debutâ¯A State of Flow, praised by the likes ofâ¯The Guardian, Mojo, The Wireâ¯andâ¯tastemakers acrossâ¯BBC 6Music, this sophomore record sees the group reimagine what an 'ensemble' can do; expanding into a shifting collective, where human relationships between artists underpin far-ranging, stunningly ambitious and emotionally heavyweight compositions.
Helmed by producer and saxophonist Pete Cunningham, Ishmael Ensemble's richly inventive 2019 debutâ¯A State Of Flowâ¯marked them out as an explosive new force in UK jazz, imbuing lush cinematic compositions with left-field dub and electronic sensibilities redolent of Bristol's vital musical landscape. NamedThe Guardian'sâ¯'Contemporary Album Of The Month' andâ¯Mojo's 'Jazz Album of The Month', it saw the group performâ¯Maida Valesessions for bothâ¯Gilles Petersonâ¯andâ¯Tom Ravenscroft,â¯as well as feature on compilations forâ¯Brownswood Recordingsâ¯andâ¯Soul Jazz Records. Cunningham's rise as an in-demand producer led to remixes for the likes of techno royaltyâ¯Carl Craig,as well as legendary jazz labelâ¯Blue Note Recordsâ¯alongside a plethora of the UK's finest musical talentâ¯onâ¯Blue Note Re:Imagined.
Ishmael Ensemble has since become a platform for Cunningham to subvert the conventional notions of producer/artist relationships, unsettling genre tags, and transcending the familiar landscape of UK jazz itself. Across the album's 10 tracks, Cunningham practices a holistic approach with a long list of collaborators. Together, they explore vast new sonic terrain with an honesty, intimacy and emotional heft impossible for a conventional band.â¯
Visions Of Lightâ¯tells the story of Ishmael Ensemble's development across its two sides. The first draws from the energy Cunningham and his bandmates discovered whilst extensively touringâ¯A State Of Flow.â¯
|Label: REPUBLIC OF MUSIC|
|Run Time: 00:01 mins|
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