My dear friend, fellow Trini, ace tenor pan man, drummer, percussionist, father, husband, roots man, vibes man & dread Courtney Jones passed away to the spirit world on Friday 20 March 2015in Vienna, days before we were due to leave for Martinique to work with our new band Kumaka. What has this taught me? Well, life is like that, we must never forget how delicate and feather-light our lives are. We must be prepared. I took this photo of Courtney at the University of Vienna in 2010 where we were recording a (still unreleased) duet album. Peace go with him into that gone momentum. I will miss him terribly.
Live at Festival Sons d’Hiver, Paris in February 2015
‘Slinger’ is dedicated to Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow.
Anthony Joseph – Vocals
Roger ‘Woje’ Raspail – Ka, Djembe, Congas, Percussion
Shabaka Hutchings – Saxophones
Courtney Jones – Drums
Andrew John – Bass
video by Alain Rimbert
Jimmy (upon that river)
Here’s a brief introduction to my new project Kumaka. We will be playing our debut show as support to Archie Shepp at Festival Sons D’Hiver in Paris on Feb 6, bringing pure Caribbean vibrations. See you there!
Listen in to BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 13 January, when after several years of doctoral research into his life and music I’ll be presenting the story of Trinidad’s beloved ‘Kitch!’ The grandmaster and the man.
I met the Brzzvll in Antwerp, at one of Mourad Bekkour’s Nuff Said events where they are the house band. They are an incredible band who have worked together for many years, developing an almost telephatic interaction which is as soulful as it is technically brilliant. Is that Jazz? It is. About 18 months ago, after a few more collaborations, we went into their studio in Antwerp and recorded this album, in a one day improvisational session. You can hear this sense of freedom, this searching quality in the music, none of which had been written prior to the session. The poems were chosen on the spot, some improvised, some pulled together from disparate sources. They even got me to sing! I’m really proud of this album, my second of 2014! There is an honesty to it, some raw emotions in there, and the band swing very hard. I’m especially in love with ‘Liverpool Highlands’, a poem I wrote for my grandfather on his death, but which also addresses the resonance of slavery.
The album ‘Engines’ is out now, on vinyl, CD and download. You can listen to the whole album at www.brzzvll.com
Here are a couple vids:
Here’s the new video from my collaboration with Brzzvll. Some electro punk funk. Hope you enjoy it.
MIND IS A JUNGLE -BRZZVLL feat. ANTHONY JOSEPH
Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Engines’ by Brzzvll featuring Anthony Joseph, out soon on Vynilla and Zephyrus Records.
video by Jochem Baelus