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The punk jazz squad re-group around Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother for an intensely coiled and disciplined 3rd album of eschatological declarations and post colonial explorations.
One of the fiercest, deepest ensembles working inside and outside jazz right now, Irreversible Entanglements have achieved cult acclaim for their restive skirmishes of post-bebop with punkish jazz-funk and cosmic electronics since their eponymous 2017 debut. On ‘Open The Gates’ they one again unleash the powers of Luke Stewart (bass), Aquiles Navarro (trumpet), Keir Neuringer (sax), and Tcheser Holmes (drums) around the future vocals of Camae Ayewa’s Moor Mother, collectively keeping the flame of ‘late ‘60s and ‘70s agit-jazz burning for a new generation who are currently taking to the streets and decrying their disenfranchisement by successive generations of racist neoliberal bullshit.
OK, maybe jazz doesn’t hold quite the same power to invoke revolution and open minds as it once did, but Irreversible Entanglements make strong inroads to remind of its fluidly intuitive democracy and timeless message of unity in an era of increasingly atomised souls. Over the album’s seven tracks they expand and contract between limber rhythmic studies and warrior poetry, all informed by a form of concentrated melancholy that never slips into self-pity but instead becomes fuel to their fire. It’s palpable in the stark midnight energies of ‘Keys to Creation’ which turns into spiky punk-jazz over its 13 minute course, and bound tightly into the free jazz shredding of ‘Storm Came Twice’, with the band marshalling their powers at their most intuitive, mystic, and longform in the 20 minutes of capoeira-like serpentine motion and spirit-heightened atmosphere to ‘Water Meditation.’