Matana Roberts - Live in London
by Matana Roberts
Available here in CD and digital formats.
Captured direct to tape at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London in early 2009, Ms Roberts takes you on an autobiographical tale of her musical heritage, peers and future. Beginning with a haunting nigh-30 minute overhaul of Frankie Sparos My Sistr, the album takes in Robert’s various influences and reinforces what is solely unique about her, having collaborated with jazz greats such as Steve Lacey, Vijay Iyer and Fred Anderson to more rock notables such as godspeed you! black emperor, TV on the Radio and members of Tortoise. Roberts brings a distinct rock edge to her soulful free jazz. The album’s centrepiece Turn It Around is almost upbeat post-Coltrane jazz - a complete 180-degree turn from the opener’s post-rock leanings.
In front of a sold out crowd, on no rehearsal, and with recording equipment filling the last available space of the room, Roberts required the band to deliver on knife-edge tension and inspiration. And as Live In London proves they delivered in droves pooling from their wealth of soul and experience.
1. My Sistr
2. Pieces of We
4. Turn It Around
5. Oska T
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