10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired, exploratory, and bewitchingly funky—a hot jazz debut.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired, exploratory, and bewitchingly funky—a hot jazz debut.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Black Focus

Venice2013

Outstanding! Love this album so much....Thank you...

Proceed

TJ McAvoy

Thank you gentlemen for making November 2016 endurable.

Amazing

Logixisbad

Listeneing to the Wang Tai Drums track on the preview, SOLD!
This is going to be a great album

About Yussef Kamaal

Yussef Kamaal are a London-based jazz-funk duo whose members are Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu). Interestingly -- and one suspects not coincidentally -- their name recalls the great Egyptian artist Kamal Yussef, a founding member of the influential, aesthetically revolutionary, and multi-disciplinary Groupe de L'Art Contemporain in Cairo in the 1940s. The band's sound represents a collision of '70s jazz-funk with 21st century London bass, beat, and hip-hop.

Both are South Londoners. Dayes is drummer for Afrobeat band United Vibrations, while Williams is a well-known producer, keyboard player, and drummer who has issued a series of 12" singles under his given name. The pair crossed paths in 2007 while pursuing other musical ventures and kept in touch, intermittently playing together. While rehearsing for a one-off gig of Williams' solo material at the Boiler Room, they decided to form a band. That show, a much-talked-about success built on total groove- and rhythm-based improvisation, led to others. Without pre-planned tunes or arrangements, the music was always spontaneously created, often born from a single drumbeat; Williams has described their music as "...all about drums and keys...." the duo played a 20-minute set at Gilles Peterson's awards show and based on its strength, signed them to his Brownswood label. With the Heliocentrics' Malcolm Catto engineering, the pair enlisted six other musicians -- including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings -- to share their vision in a recording studio, resulting in the full-length Black Focus, issued in November 2016. ~ Thom Jurek

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