Guest Playlist: Cassie Kinoshi

Cassie KinoshiThis week we have a guest playlist from Cassie Kinoshi

The hugely talented London-based composer, arranger and alto saxophonist is known for her work with jazz septet NÉRIJA, Afrobeat band KOKOROKO and her own ten-piece ensemble SEED. You can catch Kinoshi this coming Friday when she brings her SEED project back to Total Refreshment Centre.

For her exclusive Twistedsoul playlist, she has put together a playlist of influential and favourite tracks. There’s an impressive collection of wide-ranging music below. So, without further ado, over to Cassie…

“This playlist features five tracks that have influenced how I approach both composition and the alto-saxophone and five tracks that I’m digging at the moment.”


  1. Kiefer – Tubesocks

I love instrumental hip-hop influenced music and spent a lot of time checking out Nujabes and others like him throughout high school. I’m currently really digging this track by Kiefer and it’s been on repeat for days!

  1. Ariwo Ya – Bob Ohiri, His Ohuru Sounds

A lot of my compositions draw from parts of my heritage whether that be Caribbean or West African music and folktales from those areas. This Afrobeat tune has been a favourite of mine for years.

  1. Jackie McLean – On The Nile (Jacknife)

My all time favourite alto-saxophone player, the way Jackie McLean plays later in his career is so open and honest, especially on modal tracks like this – improvisation in it’s purest form!


  1. Hiatus Kaiyote – Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson.Paak) (Recalibrations Vol. I)

I love this Hiatus Kaiyote song in particular because I’m a huge Studio Ghibli fan and adore this reference to the Miyazaki film. A lot of my own music references sci-fi books/films that I’m into too.


  1. Abdullah Ibrahim – Whowza Mtwana

Another huge inspiration of mine as a composer, this particular composition is a favourite of mine. The simplicity of his writing is always powerful and the big band arrangement of this tune from the album “Ekapa Lodumo” is incredibly stirring.

  1. Maurice Ravel – Une barque sur l’ocean (performed by Alexandre Tharaud)

My favourite classical composers are primarily French and Russians. I always make time to look at the scores as well as listen – there is so much beauty in this music. This composition from a collection of pieces called Miroirs is magical and really captures the essence of the ocean.


  1. Eric Lau – Earthing Out

I’ve recently been checking out a lot of Eric Lau’s early work as it’s always fascinating to hear how an artist has developed over time and this is one of the albums I connected to the most. This track from his release “Quadrivium” is amazing; I love listening to music inspired by literature as a lot of my own work is too.


  1. Jason Yarde – The Road To Your Heart

One of my favourite British alto players and composers, Jason Yarde has been a huge influence on how I approach composition and playing. Listening to both his classical works and jazz work is always inspiring!


  1. Sun Ra – Astro Black

I’ve only recently started to properly sit down and listen to Sun Ra’s discography and a lot of his large ensemble music mesmerises me. Presenting my own interpretation of Afro-futurism through my music has become really important to me and every composition Sun Ra writes is full of beautiful clashing textures that sweep you away.

  1. Talos – Oh Girl (feat. Poppy Ajudha)

There is a lot of great British produced music being created right now. This tune is captivating, especially how the vocals blend with the trumpet. I really admire featured vocalist Poppy Ajudha as both an artist and a person – she has a lot to say!

Big thanks to Cassie!

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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