UK jazz flautist, saxophonist and bandleader Chip Wickham returns with a powerhouse doubleheader.
Veering off-road from his much-lauded sound typified on his debut breakout album La Sombra, Wickham lets his hair hang and blow in the wind with his sure-fire, funk fuelled, floor-filler ‘The Beatnik’. Wah-wah guitar licks, an uptempo breakbeat and his signature transverse flute give the tune an impetuous feel – the perfect soundtrack for a high-speed car chase or a sweaty soul-jazz-funk basement club.
On the flip, ‘Rebel No.23’ is a return to the ’70s inspired jazz grooves of his debut album and indeed a taste of what’s to come on his much-anticipated follow-up record, due for release in spring 2018.
Top notch stuff – a bit of jazz, a bit of funk and a whole lotta flute and sax!