Kamaal Williams

Speakeasy Promotions LLC

Kamaal Williams

Jitwam, Quas

Tue · March 12, 2019

9:00 pm

Aisle 5

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Kamaal Williams
Kamaal Williams
Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu. As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016's Black Focus Records. Williams has drawn attention in recent years for an adventurous sound that draws on jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, house and beyond.

A natural evolution from his 'Yussef Kamaal' project (crowned the Breakthrough Act of 2017 at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards), The Return shows clear visionary jazz influences, blended with all kinds of textures, sounds and signals from the over-saturated London streets. Dubbed "a fascinating statement" by Clash Music, the 10-track collection featuring guitarist Mansur Brown draws inspiration from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and is bound to push beyond the boundaries expected of the jazz genre.

The live ensemble features Josh McKenzie aka McKnasty on drums, a formidable force who was playing and touring with acts such as Dennis Rollinsand Robert Glasper from the age of 17, and Pete Martin on Bass, an original member of Courtney Pine's infamous line up in the late 90's. With shows at Glastonbury and Koko, as well as worldwide festival appearances behind them, the band have already become an in-demand outfit in their own right.

Witness the unmissable Kamaal Williams' experience with the live debut of The Return in North America this February / March.
Jitwam
Jitwam
Born in Assam, Gauhati, in Northeast India, but currently based in New York’s storied borough of Brooklyn, jitwam spent his formative years in New Zealand and Australia, before living in monasteries in Thailand, orphanages in South Africa, and washed out apartments in London. Of everywhere and nowhere, his music draws influence from a litany of iconoclasts including, but not limited to RD Burman,
Moondog, The Velvet Underground, Yayoi Kusama, Jay Electronica, Jay Dilla, Moodymann, Leon Thomas, Madlib and Asha Bhosle.

Across the album he utilises knowledge acquired through years spent digging through dusty crates, and talents honed as a multiinstrumentalist, producer, and vocalist. A series of stumbling, jazz/soul-rooted beat sculptures, each buried beneath a haze of fuzzy psychedelia, broken microphone blues, and articulated through a freestyled process he describes as “first thought, best thought”,
िज़तमिसहँ solidifies jitwam's spot as a major emerging talent. Recalling the fourth world dreamscapes explored by oddball songwriters like Connan Mockasin, Clarence Clarity, Jai Paul, Silicon, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, it represents a time of transition and remembrance for jitwam, while still fulfilling the core qualities he looks for in song. In his words, “Music is a refuge. A shelter from the storm. A place you can go to close your eyes.”

Since he first shared his music with IZWID Records boss Kutmah at a Brainfeeder afterparty in London, jitwam has released through Leaving Records, Cosmic Compositions, and The Jazz Diaries (the label he co-runs with Casey Van Reyk and Nigel Mphisa). He’s also written with Inkswel (BBE) and Paul White (R&S), featured on Moodymann’s K7! DJ Kicks compilation and been championed by Gilles Peterson, Alexander Nut, Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp), and Funkineven. Mixed and mastered by Matthew David at Stones Throw studios in Los Angeles.
Quas
Quas
Marquinn Mason + Dallas Dawson
Venue Information:
Aisle 5
1123 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
http://www.aisle5atl.com/