A new 6-track mini album from a musician with a long list of credits including South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela, afrobeat co-creator Tony Allen and Ethiopian jazz originator Mulatu Astatke as well as many Brit-jazz and international roots artists. “It’s Time” blends spiritual Afro-jazz groove with free improv, spoken poetry and other-worldly atmosphere, with lyrics and titles hinting at unorthodox takes on reality and the times we live in.
Bandcamp-only release Dec. 11th (CD/digital).
Distributed by Kudos Records from February 12th, 2021.
Phil Dawson - guitars, Fender Rhodes piano, composer
Rowland Sutherland - flutes (Airto Moreira, David Murray, Carla Bley)
Khadijatou Doyneh - spoken word (Heliocentrics, Danny Keane etc)
Gaspar Sena (Alfa Mist, Maria Chiara Argiro) and Marius Rodrigues (Oriole, Hermeto Hermeto Hermeto) - drums
Lekan Babalola - (Cassandra Wilson, Ali Farka Toure) percussion
Matheus Nova - bass (Antonio Forcione, Ed Motta, Jazzinho)
‘This is great’ - Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 (on ‘It’s Time)
‘Beautiful’ - Kassin (producer Caetano Veloso, Sonzeira etc) (on ‘It’s Time’)
‘Rapid-fire guitar work with variety and energy’ - – The Guardian, UK
‘A great guitarist’ – Tony Allen
‘An absolute killer - irresistible’ - Snowboy (on ‘Gnostic Hilife’)
‘Phil Dawson and his (quintet) are really smoking at the mo. No wonder the London jazz young guns are ripping it up with bands like this leading the way. Miss them at your peril’ – Russ Jones (Future World Funk)