Where Future Unfolds is a new work spirited by Chicago-based sound & visual artist Damon Locks. Starting as a solo sound collage piece (where Locks pulled samples from Civil Rights era speeches and recordings to create an improvisational pallet for performance on his drum machine), over 4 years the project has blossomed into a 15-piece Black Monument Ensemble featuring musicians (including Angel Bat Dawid on clarinets and Dana Hall on drums), dancers (members of Chicago youth dance company Move Me Soul), and singers (alumni of the Chicago Children’s Choir).
Alive capture of the ensemble’s epic debut at the Garfield Park Botanical Conservatory on the West Side of Chicago, Where Future Unfolds recalls the spirits of Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble, Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music, Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues, and Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in an inspired & utterly immediate contemporary intersection of the gospel, jazz, activism & 808 breaks. ~Editorial Reviews | Amazon
Original Release Date: April 20, 2019
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Nine-piece Melbourne-based Jazz ensemble Menagerie features some of Australia’s finest musicians, including pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, drummer Daniel Farrugia, and saxophonist Phil Noy, and was founded by producer, guitarist, DJ, Lance Ferguson. Inspired by both the post-Coltrane generation of the ’70s, labels like Strata-East, Impulse! and Tribe, along with the current ‘New Wave Of Jazz‘, Menagerie aligns with the world of Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings, and Nubya Garcia, whilst also bringing their own unique twist. Lead single ‘Free Thing‘ leans heavily into the spiritual side of the band’s sound.
The hypnotic spoken word poem is evocative of The Last Poets, an earthy yet futuristic meditation on the universal theme of freedom itself, set to a backdrop of insistent percussion, double bass, and brooding piano voicings. ‘Hope‘ carries forward the sound of spiritual jazz into the 21st century, with its epic vocal harmonies and melodic fanfare, it is an uplifting anthem for this period of global worldwide upheaval and uncertainty. The title track ‘Many Worlds’ is a perfect example of how Menagerie incorporates their myriad influences but manages to create a sound that feels uncannily fresh and contemporary. Book-ended by ambient, ethereal sections, the slow-burning groove builds over its 11-minute duration to create a standout crossover track. ~Editorial Review | Amazon
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