Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
Yazz Ahmed has shared with us the third track from her exciting upcoming album La Saboteuse. The jazz musician with the Bahraini background has been making some serious sounds in the past few years, working alongside Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, touring with art-rockers These New Puritans, and contributing her flugelhorn skills to Radiohead’s King Of Limbs.
Spindrifting is a captivating two-piece of contemporary jazz, a lucid and complex work infused with haunting arabic-esque quarter tones, and subtly sweet jazz improvisations, with long motivating percussion that loop over Ahmed’s complex structures. True to her background and interest in Arabic music, later in the track bells and hand-drums come in to round the track off with a thoroughly middle-eastern edge.
La Saboteuse will see Ahmed working with other notable artists such as Kamasi Washington, The Comet Is Coming, Yussef Kamaal, and Sons Of Kemet, who are all incredibly exciting components of the contemporary jazz world.
The album itself, released by Naim Records, breaks away from the traditional album model in that it’s release will come as four separate chapters dropped across streaming services. Each chapter will have an original cover crafted by emerging Bristol illustrator Sophie Bass. The vinyl and CD are to come with chapter four, set to arrive in May of this year.
You can check out Yazz Ahmed’s scintillating Spindrifting here:
Credit: Yazz Ahmed