8 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up 2015's solid Aspirations EP and a featured track on Gilles Peterson's 2018 survey of modern club jazz We Out Here, London tuba player Theon Cross returns with something considerably more in-your-face on his full-length debut, Fyah. It’s deeply beat-oriented, with heavy, almost blown-speaker-type grooves and agitated looping riffs, the kind of huge sound one wouldn’t expect from such a pared-down trio (tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Moses Boyd, Cross’ partners from Aspirations, return here). Similar in a way to his work with Shabaka Hutchings in Sons of Kemet, Cross retains in his own music a relentless funk intensity—“CIYA” being an exception, a lilting theme movingly harmonized by tenor saxophonist Wayne Francis, a.k.a. Ahnansé, and trombonist Nathaniel Cross (Theon's brother), with head-turning, Lionel Loueke-influenced guitar from Artie Zaitz. Yet amid the overall density of the sound, Cross finds room for subtle expression as an improvising soloist, notably on “Letting Go.”

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up 2015's solid Aspirations EP and a featured track on Gilles Peterson's 2018 survey of modern club jazz We Out Here, London tuba player Theon Cross returns with something considerably more in-your-face on his full-length debut, Fyah. It’s deeply beat-oriented, with heavy, almost blown-speaker-type grooves and agitated looping riffs, the kind of huge sound one wouldn’t expect from such a pared-down trio (tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Moses Boyd, Cross’ partners from Aspirations, return here). Similar in a way to his work with Shabaka Hutchings in Sons of Kemet, Cross retains in his own music a relentless funk intensity—“CIYA” being an exception, a lilting theme movingly harmonized by tenor saxophonist Wayne Francis, a.k.a. Ahnansé, and trombonist Nathaniel Cross (Theon's brother), with head-turning, Lionel Loueke-influenced guitar from Artie Zaitz. Yet amid the overall density of the sound, Cross finds room for subtle expression as an improvising soloist, notably on “Letting Go.”

Mastered for iTunes
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