9 Songs, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Urgent but luxurious, this is stately, border-blurring jazz.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Urgent but luxurious, this is stately, border-blurring jazz.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Stop and Listen

matt w*

I always listen to music and I spend time to read reviews of headphones and speakers, yet Wisdom of Elders is not an album is an album that you put on to multi-task. This artistry demands you sit down and close your eyes to undertake this journey.

One of the best albums in the last 5-years.

Sir Nick James

Every time we play this album, in our home, at our business, whoever is around asks about it. Universal and deep, even our "non-jazz" friends connect with it. One of the best albums in the last 5-years.

About Shabaka and the Ancestors

Shabaka & the Ancestors is a modern avant-jazz octet led by British/Caribbean tenor saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings. The rest of its membership is comprised entirely of South African members who include Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax); Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet); Siyabonga Mthembu (vocals); Nduduzo Makhathini (Rhodes, piano); Ariel Zamonsky (bass); Gontse Makhene (percussion), and Tumi Mogorosi (drums).

Hutchings had made several trips to South Africa between 2012 and 2014, immersing himself in the wide variety of the country's rich musical heritage. In early 2015, he assembled this group to "present the musical language that I normally associate with my U.K. bands in the context of Shabaka & the Ancestors' music and musical sensibilities." He composed a psalm in nine parts and recorded it. The finished album, Wisdom of Elders, was issued on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label in September 2016. ~ Thom Jurek

ORIGIN
Johannesburg, South Africa
FORMED
2015

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