NEWS AND REVIEWS
Critical Acclaim For Moyo, Vol. 1
The cinematic ‘Moyo/Ancestors’ is a bold opening to the record. A Swahili chant segues into an almost Disney-esque moment where the artist’s distinctive approach to storytelling begins, before launching into a spiritual jazz groove richly layered with vocal harmonies.
There is a new generation of jazz musicians that have been reshaping and remoulding a genre that was once perceived as being reserved exclusively for the elitist listener. Of-course jazz has always been available for anyone to enjoy, however, with the breaking down of these imagined barriers, in recent years, UK jazz has exploded on to the map and into our ears (and not to mention our hearts). The latest to contribute to the ever-growing cohort of artists is Millicent B James who just released her debut EP Moyo, Vol. 1 – and it is beautiful.
THE JAZZ LOOP
Every single track within the album carries its very own theme. Those themes make the album unique, in the way that they resemble features from African music and tradition. In order to fully understand those themes, a closer look at each track would be necessary.
Releases by local bands always make us nervous; if they’re no good, what do we say? Sadly for everyone else, this new EP from Biddolphian Millicent sets a new benchmark: it’s wonderful.
She’s is not a novice: a composer, cellist and vocalist, she regularly sings with the RBC Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra and RBC Jazz Orchestra (RBC being Royal Birmingham Conservatoire).
The sleeve gives you some idea of where she’s coming from.
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