Just in case, you missed it…Visions of Light is a far-ranging, stunningly ambitious and emotionally heavyweight compositions by the Ishmael Ensemble

Bristol experimental jazz collective Ishmael Ensemble reveals their expansive new album Visions of Light. The follow\-up to their critically acclaimed 2019 debut A State of Flow, praised by the likes of The Guardian, Mojo, The Wire, and tastemakers across BBC 6Music, this sophomore record sees the group reimagine what an \x27ensemble\x27 can do; expanding into a shifting collective, where human relationships between artists underpin far\-ranging, stunningly ambitious and emotionally heavyweight compositions. Helmed by producer and saxophonist Pete Cunningham, Ishmael Ensemble\x27s richly inventive 2019 debut A State Of Flow marked them out as an explosive new force in UK jazz, imbuing lush cinematic compositions with left\-field dub and electronic sensibilities redolent of Bristol\x27s vital musical landscape.

Named The Guardian\x27s\x27 Contemporary Album Of The Month\x27 andMojo\x27s \x27 Jazz Album of The Month\x27, it saw the group perform Maida Valesessions for both Gilles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft, as well as a feature on compilations for Brownswood Recordings and Soul Jazz Records. Cunningham\x27s rise as an in\-demand producer led to remixes for the likes of techno royalty Carl Craig, as well as legendary jazz label Blue Note Records alongside a plethora of the UK\x27s finest musical talent on Blue Note Re:Imagined. Ishmael Ensemble has since become a platform for Cunningham to subvert the conventional notions of producer\/artist relationships, unsettling genre tags, and transcending the familiar landscape of UK jazz itself.

Across the album\x27s 10 tracks, Cunningham practices a holistic approach with a long list of collaborators. Together, they explore vast new sonic terrain with honesty, intimacy, and emotional heft impossible for a conventional band. Visions Of Light tells the story of Ishmael Ensemble\x27s development across its two sides. The first draw from the energy Cunningham and his bandmates discovered whilst extensively touring A State Of Flow. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

Release Date: August 6, 2021

Produced & arranged by Pete Cunningham

Recorded by Ali Chant at The Playpen, Bristol as well as various homes in Bristol, Frome & Polzeath

Additional production & mixing by Ali Chant at The Playpen, Bristol

Mastered by Shawn Joseph at Optimum Mastering, Bristol

At your leisure, explore this gem “VISIONS OF LIGHT” by Ishmael Ensemble

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