Boomkat Product Review:
20 y.o. jazz prodigy Jamal Dean takes centre stage on a head-turning solo debut following his roles on records by Carlos Niño and Kamasi Washington in recent years
Behind the keys, Dean channels lifetimes of high Black Art music - from Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and his grandfather, soul jazz drummer Donald Dean - in one piece that could have feasibly been released at any point between the ‘60s and now, and another that’s firmly up-to-the-second.
‘Eledumare’ is a smoky gem lead out by latinate rhythms and enchanted by female vocals, and steering low-key and conversationally thru spiritual lifts to experimental techniques and a gloriously messed up but disciplined finale. In subtly classy contrast ‘People Tell Olo’ brings us into 2020 with a lysergic, fractal weft of sampler and computer chops applied to lithe instrumentation, finely navigation a meta-route between them in a really refreshing but classic way. Quite importantly, both sides of his sound feel utterly natural and unforced.