February 9, 2020 – 5:28 am

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Origami Harvest
Berlin 2019 [no label, 1CD]

Jazzfest Berlin. Live at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Germany; November 2, 2019. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV broadcast).

Origami Harvest is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. The album was released on October 12, 2018 by Blue Note.

This is his fourth studio album and the fifth overall as a leader. The title Origami Harvest has a certain symbolic significance. Akinmusire mentioned that “Origami” refers to “the different ways black people, especially men, have to fold, whether in failure or to fit a mold”, whereas “Harvest,” on the other hand, refers to the repeating cycles that recreate these hierarchical structures in society.

The record was commissioned for curators Judd Greenstein of Manhattan’s Ecstatic Music Festival and Kate Nordstrum of St Paul’s Liquid Music Series. The release text explains that the project was initiated with Greenstein asking Akinmusire “What’s the craziest idea you have?” and Akinmusire replying “I wanted to do a project about extremes and putting things that are seemingly opposite right next to each other.”

Origami Harvest consists of six lengthy tracks adding up to a full hour of interplay between the classical strings of the Mivos Quartet, Akinmusire on trumpet and keyboards, Marcus Gilmore on drums, and Sam Harris on piano. The band also includes the poet and rapper Victor Vazquez, a former member of Das Racist and Kool AD. The songs explore such themes as a response to societal divides, the way our politics hold us emotionally hostage, and the ever-growing list of black lives ended by structural racism. The lyrics for penultimate track “Free, White and 21″ consists of the names of African-American people slain in recent years by members of law enforcement or the neighborhood watch. The album unites three different genres of music: small-group jazz, hip-hop, and chamber music. - wikipedia

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When Akinmusire toured the Origami Harvest project prior to recording, the music was touted as a “jazz/rap/classical mash-up,” in part to explain the presence of rapper Kool A.D. and the Mivos String Quartet. But the music itself doesn’t really stitch jazz, rap and classical together. Instead, it repurposes elements of each to create something strikingly unique.

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Thanks to jazzrita for sharing the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

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Audio has been arbitrarily split for easier accesss.

Track 01. Untitled - Part A 13:03
Track 02. Untitled - Part B 5:33
Track 03. Untitled - Part C 3:21
Track 04. Untitled - Part D 4:48
Track 05. Untitled - Part E 5:53
Track 06. Untitled - Part F 9:14
Track 07. Untitled - Part G 13:27
Track 08. Untitled - Part H 8:59
Track 09. Untitled - Part J 2:25
67 mins

Ambrose Akinmusire:
Ambrose Akinmusire - trumpet
Sam Harris - piano
Justin Brown - drums
Koyaki - vocals

Mivos String Quartet:
Maya Bennardo - violin
Olivia de Prato - violin
Victor Lowrie - viola
Tyler Borden - cello

Click here to order Origami Harvest.


  2. Wow…I didn’t think you had This in you…Nice Call!

    By harmon on Feb 9, 2020

  3. Not jazz at all , unlike the previous post which was a pleasant suprise. This is just noise pollution. Skip this one as my approval is not given.

    By Smashmouth on Feb 9, 2020

  4. Whatever happened to the nuts on chins guy ? He was very funny .

    By Dapper Dan on Feb 9, 2020

  5. This JAZZ has my approval.
    GRAB IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By John on Feb 10, 2020

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