Philadelphia/New York/DC-based free jazz group Irreversible Entanglements deliver an eclectic array of improvised jazz and socially conscious spoken word on their self-titled debut.
The collective led by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, initially featured poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother), and bassist Luke Stewart.
The trio added trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes to the line up after they all performed at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD the quintet’s album captures their first session together, during a single-day recording session back in 2015.
Even though the album was recorded two years ago tracks like the shimmering “Chicago to Texas,” and the explosive “Fireworks” perfectly capture today’s heightened racial division and tension.
The label describes the set as ” music that both honours and defies tradition, speaking to the present while insisting on the future.”
Spearheaded by Ayewa’s searing poetic narrations of Black trauma, survival and power this is a superb debut album, with sharp and innovative arrangements that span many styles.
For those that like a left of centre adventure this brilliant, complex, and thought-provoking project is for you.
Irreversible Entanglements is out now – buy from Bandcamp.