Shabaka Hutchings / Tom Barnes

Shabaka & the Ancestors

Tradition shapes your work. For saxophonist and bandleader Shabaka Hutchings, that’s something he’s long understood. After years spent in the orbit of London’s jazz circuit, he examines and reimagines his influences with a dexterity that’s unique. Drawing out the vision underlying his new album, he says, “I see energy as being a form of wisdom to be passed down through the ages.” The album is a document of sessions combining Hutchings with a group of South African jazz musicians he’s long admired. Going beyond the jazz greats Hutchings cites, influences are drawn from plenty of other sources: Caribbean calypso, central African song structures and Southern African Nguni music all play a part.

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Shabaka and the Ancestors - The Wisdom of Elders (Trailer)