Download of the Week: Irreversible Entanglements

Protest music. Some of my favorite music is protest music, both covert and overt. Following on in the great tradition of overt anger from records like Max Roach's scathing hot We Insist! featuring the always memorable Abbey Lincoln, Irreversible Entanglements' eponymous debut features Camae Ayewa on spoken word, regular readers know her as the viscerally frightening Moor Mother, Keir Neuringer on alto sax, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet, Luke Stewart double bass, and Tcheser Holmes drums. They went into the studio together one day and walked away with this fiery gem.

The message and the medium from the band:

...the full quintet’s first time playing together was captured for this debut. In four relentless bouts of inspired fire music the instrumentalists explore and elaborate compositional ideas drawn from their deep individual studies of free jazz improvisation, but the tone of each piece is driven decisively by Ayewa’s searing poetic narrations of Black trauma, survival and power. The message is the undeniable essence of the music. Though free jazz with voice is an uncommon approach in the modern day landscape of the genre, the spirit and subject the band channels and explores represent a return to a central tenant of the sound as it was founded – to be a vehicle for Black liberation.
Free jazz was/is protest music. To my mind, Irreversible Entanglements bring the overt back to life and it sure feels like it's about goddamned time.

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torturegarden's picture

I snagged the vinyl when it came out late last year. To me is sounds like free jazz meets Gil Scott-Heron. One of my favourites of 2017/