Premiere: Maisha – Eaglehurst/The Palace

A product of London’s growing jazz-influenced underground Maisha bring a vibrancy of flavour to the post-Coltrane movement on their debut album for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.

Led by drummer Jake Long and featuring Nubya Garcia and Shirley Tetteh among the thirteen contributors and band members, ‘Eaglehurst/The Palace’ is a euphoric sax and drums led tune that is testament to the central role percussion plays in Maisha’s sound. In a late bridge, Long’s contribution takes on an improvisational spirit of its own, as the arrangement is stripped back to an Afro-jazz break.

A similarly dynamic and intricate approach makes up the majority of There Is A Place LP, all frantic and impressive demonstrations of Maisha’s different styles and influences. From improvisational prowess to blissful simplicity, the record also meanders through steady, rolling trajectories, cemented in lazy drumming and bass lines, lifted through soaring flutes and strings arranged by Jake. 

There Is A Place is out 9th November – buy from Bandcamp.

More Maisha on STW:
Monday Morning Mixtape 222: curated by Jake Long
Premiere: Maisha – The Night Trance

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