Review: Kamasi Warrington

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Kamasi Warrington
The Albert Hall, Manchester
4th May 2018

My third time seeing Kamasi Washington and his merry band and again he did not disappoint!  The Albert Hall, Manchester, is an imposing Grade II listed historic building dating back to 1908. Once a Wesleyan Chapel it was tastefully converted to music venue in 2014 and provided a suitably elegant stage for Kamasi and his ensemble of virtuoso musicians.   As on previous occasions, Kamasi had with him the brilliant Miles Mosely whose performance on upright bass was electrifying.  He also was joined by keyboard player and childhood friend, Brandon “Hot Sauce” Coleman and the audience were treated to one of Coleman’s compositions Giant Feelings, a rythymic, riffy number and a type of song at which this band excels.  The group’s drive was fuelled by the twin drum kits of Ronald Brunner Jr and Tony Austin and their furious ‘drum off’ delighted the crowd!  On several songs the band was complemented by the presence of Kamasi’s father, Rickey Washington, who besides helping his son develop into the jazz master he is today, demonstrated his own musical talent by playing some very tasteful flute. Ryan Porter on trombone added great tonal support and Patrice Quinn delivered soaring hypnotic vocals.  The show stopping number was Fists of Fury from Kamasi’s new album Heaven and Earth, (due for release 22nd June, 2018) and inspired by the iconic 1972 film starring Bruce Lee. The arrangement was powerful, complex and meticulous and likely destined to be a jazz classic. A five-star performance!

Savannah Sorrow

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