Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements (4 stars)

Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements

Arresting blend of radical poetry and free jazz

Camae Ayewa follows her extraordinary releases as Moor Mother with this arresting album of radical poetry and free jazz. Formed in early 2015 to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event, the group also features saxophonist Keir Neuringer, bassist Luke Stewart, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes. The poetry and jazz format recalls Amiri Baraka's incendiary collaborations with Sunny Murray and the New York Art Quartet, but Irreversible Entanglements have a distinctive sound of their own.

The musicians create remarkable settings for Ayewa's unflinching accounts of black trauma, survival and power, from the barrelling drum rolls of 'Chicago to Texas', to the distorted industrial howls of the harrowing 'Projects'. Ayewa is an extraordinary poet and performer, delivering her vivid imagery and fragmented narratives with a ferocious combination of rhythm and rage. On 'Enough' her voice becomes an instrument, screaming as the horns upset a hornets' nest.

Out now on International Anthem / Don Giovanni.

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