Album Of The Week: Yazz Ahmed – La Saboteuse

Album Of The Week Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteuse
★★★★☆

Bahraini-British trumpet and flugelhorn player, Yazz Ahmed has placed herself at the top table of new wave UK jazz music with the release of her new album.

Having caught the ear of multi-award winning magazine Jazzwise, Ahmed has played alongside prestigious talents such as Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Kenny Wheeler and Sir John Dankworth.

On her new album, “La Sabooteuse” her British and Bahraini roots are both explored as Ahmed floats between experiments with electronic effects and modal jazz to author a unique style within the genre.

Much like the diversity of her music, her nine-piece ensemble features the unique and wide-ranging talents of Lewis Wright on vibraphone, Naadia Sherriff on Fender Rhodes keyboard and the ever busy Shabaka Hutchings on bass clarinet who weave their wonderful instruments around Ahmed’s magical trumpet lines.

“The theme of ‘La Saboteuse” is the sense of self-doubt that she feels when she is creating, personified in a female saboteur, an anti-muse that spurs her into action. “

Speaking candidly about the record Ahmed explains “Giving ‘her’ a name has really helped me to identify those negative voices we all get,” she says. “I know what it is and I know how to combat it.”

A very accomplished release full of originality and many delightful moments. We really can’t recommend this enough.

La Saboteuse is out now via Naim Records – buy from Bandcamp.

Staff

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