Experienced, deadly yet unassuming, London four-piece Ill Considered are the dark horses of spiritual jazz in the UK. This is not music for coffee tables or background ambience, as their Bandcamp asserts. Through totemic improvised jams, Idris Rahman (sax), Leon Brichard (bass), Satin Singh (percussion) and Emre Ramazanoglu (drums) channel Sons of Kemet levels of energy. Frenetic yet coherent, dynamic and ruminative in equal measure. Their first eponymous album – now one of six in little over a year – is considered one of the landmark contemporary releases for London jazz and this month their newest is a collection of Christmas covers, from which today’s Advent Calendar contribution is lifted.
“We decided to tear apart a load of Christmas classics and see where they ended up after we put them back together in our style”, Brichard says. So destructive is their approach to “one of the victims”, ‘Jingle Bells’, the name almost feels tokenistic. Instead of trying to spot resemblances; energy is better spent admiring how far from the original they’ve taken it. Brichard’s malevolent bass resembles British heavy metal more than jazz and Rahman’s feral saxophone howls rivals Shabakah Hutchings for its magnetism. This open sleigh ride requires a seatbelt.
Our 2018 Advent Calendar is in aid of Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit that supports the creative industry to take action on climate change. All money raised through Bandcamp sales goes directly to Green Riders, a new campaign that will help will create more sustainable collective practices in the music industry. If you’re a DJ, artist, venue, promoter or just curious, join the Green Riders campaign here.
More info about Green Riders
The Green Riders campaign will provide tools, resources, and a community for artists and their teams to exchange advice, ideas and experiences, working alongside venues, festivals, labels and promoters to take action on climate change. It will launch in full in 2019, Sign-up on the website to join the campaign and get more information from Julie’s Bicycle.
More info about Julie’s Bicycle
Julie’s Bicycle is a London-based not for profit that supports the global creative community to take action on climate change and the environment. We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to drive positive change that can transform our world. Founded in 2007 from within the UK music industry, Julie’s Bicycle has established itself as an internationally trusted source of guidance supporting creative businesses to embed environmental sustainability into their work.
Artwork throughout the series is made by Emily Evans.