Feb 5 2019
Artist: Dakhla Brass
Label: Impossible Ark Records
Favorite track: “Silver and Gold”
Music from: London, UK
What I like about it: I like how Dakhla Brass roll out one kind of groove after the next, and the next never sounding like what came before. I especially like those passages when they let things get a bit introspective without sacrificing a bit of the exuberant motion. I like how the sextet generates a sound with some gravitas to it, but stays light on their feet, and maintains a flow that never gets caught under the weight of their big sound. I like how each melody is thoughtfully considered, and care is given to the way it develops under the forces of motion. These pieces border on catchy, and I find myself a little bit addicted to this recording… and maybe even more than a little bit.
Your album personnel: Sophie Stockham (alto sax), Charlotte Ostafew (baritone sax), Pete Judge (trumpet), Liam Treasure (trombone), Matt Brown (drums, percussion, marxophone) and Riaan Vosloo (double-bass, synths, vibraphone).
Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Be sure to check out the artist site.
Here’s a video from a few years back, when they were a smaller ensemble and supporting an earlier recording.