Shaman!

£27.99
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STRUT214LP
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Influential jazz collective Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids return with an epic new opus, ‘Shaman!’, released on 7th August featuring a fresh line-up including original 1970s Pyramids member Dr. Margaux Simmons on flute Bobby Cobb on guitar, long-term associate Sandra Poindexter on violin, Ruben Ramos on bass, Gioele Pagliaccia on drums and Jack Yglesias on percussion. The band transitions from the political and social commentaries of 2018’s acclaimed ‘An Angel Fell’ into more introspective themes. “I wanted to use this album to touch on some of the issues that we all face as individuals in the inner space of our souls and our conscience,” explains Ackamoor. “The album unfolds over four Acts with personal musical statements about love and loss, mortality, the afterlife, family and salvation.”

Evolving around Ackamoor’s intricate compositions, the album takes us effortlessly across moods and emotions through a series of expansive, extended pieces. Starting with ritual, soul-searching, and masculine vulnerability on the title track, the band explores timeless existence on ‘Eternity’ and mourns the sudden loss of loved ones in the prescient ‘When Will I See You Again?’, a track which gains new relevance amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Ackamoor pays tribute to his mentor Cecil Taylor on the angular ‘Theme For Cecil’ and renders homage to the ancestors on ‘Salvation’ and ‘The Last Slave Ship’, recalling the last ship to bring slaves to the US from Africa, the Clotilda. The superb ‘Virgin’ is an anthem of forgiveness, new beginnings and self-healing.

• Best album by Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids since band’s early ‘70s recordings

• Explores introspective themes of love and loss, family and the afterlife across four ‘Acts’

• Produced by Malcolm Catto at his analogue Quatermass studio in London

• Featuring original Pyramids member Margaux Simmons and long term band associates Sandra Poindexter and Bobby Cobb

• Original cover artwork created by Tokio Aoyama in Japan

Released 7th August

 

Tracklisting: 
Shaman!
Tango of Love
Eternity
When Will I See You Again?
Salvation
Theme for Cecil
Virgin
The Last Slave Ship
Dogon Mysteries