10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kamaal Williams’ debut full-length as a bandleader bridges two traditions: jazz fusion and UK dance music. Much like the London pianist’s debut album, Black Focus (in the drums-and-keys duo Yussef Kamaal), The Return is rooted in the harmonic intricacies of predecessors like Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Liston Smith. But its inventive rhythms—particularly on the hard-charging “Catch the Loop” and the snapping, deep-in-the-pocket “Broken Theme”—come straight from London’s broken-beat scene, which soulfully exploded drum 'n' bass in the late '90s. By turns lyrical (“Salaam”), elegiac (“The Return”), and driving (“LDN Shuffle”), it’s a heady brew.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kamaal Williams’ debut full-length as a bandleader bridges two traditions: jazz fusion and UK dance music. Much like the London pianist’s debut album, Black Focus (in the drums-and-keys duo Yussef Kamaal), The Return is rooted in the harmonic intricacies of predecessors like Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Liston Smith. But its inventive rhythms—particularly on the hard-charging “Catch the Loop” and the snapping, deep-in-the-pocket “Broken Theme”—come straight from London’s broken-beat scene, which soulfully exploded drum 'n' bass in the late '90s. By turns lyrical (“Salaam”), elegiac (“The Return”), and driving (“LDN Shuffle”), it’s a heady brew.

Mastered for iTunes
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