About a year ago, London-based jazz musician Nick Woodmansey aka emanative released The Light Years of the Darkness, an album taking a nod to the greatest figures in spiritual jazz. Released by the Steve Reid Foundation it featured cover versions of Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and, of course, Sun Ra. Two weeks ago, on January 29th, emanative and live-band brought that album to the stage of London’s Cafe Oto, with one of the highlights being their version of Sun Ra’s Love In Outer Space. Enjoy!
British drummer and percussionist Nick Woodmansey aka Emanative shared his take on Pharoah Sanders’ “Hum Allah Hum Allah Hum Allah”, which is to appear on his forthcoming album co-released by the Steve Reid Foundation and Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. The original recording was part of the 1969 album Jewels Of Thought and featured musicians of the calibre of Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Haynes, Leon Thomas and Idris Muhammed.
The Emanative album isn’t shy of quality collaborators either, guest musicians include Four Tet & Floating Points, Rocketnumbernine, Finn Peters or Ahmed Abdullah. Set for a release in March, you can pre-order your copy of “The Light Years Of The Darkness” on Bandcamp.
Many will associate Lions of Judah with Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide, as it opened the show week after week for a period of time. So it’s maybe no surprise his own Brownswood imprint releases a new version as tribute to Steve Reid, the American drummer who passed away last year.
The new version was recorded by emanative and comes with a Four Tet re-edit on the flip. As you might know, Kieran Hebden had a special relationship with Steve Reid himself, the two recorded several albums together between 2006 and 2008, a live recording was released only recently.
Lions of Judah will be out on 12-inch on December 12th and you can pre-order your copy starting today. The release will be accompanied by a charity event in London two days after, keep your eyes open for details.
January 3, 2012 As mentioned on Twitter yesterday, the liner notes for the release are now online