JAZZ ON SUNDAY: NUBYA GARCIA - LONDON 2021

December 12, 2021 – 6:24 am

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NUBYA GARCIA
London 2021 [no label, 2CD]

BBC Proms. Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; August 18, 2021. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to ElsonRoa for sharing the HDTV webcast on the net.

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British saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia brings her inventive brand of Afrobeat and Latin American-influenced jazz to the Royal Albert Hall. The rising star performs a set drawing on her acclaimed album Source, recently nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her Proms debut is presented by Clive Myrie, and she’s accompanied by a young band drawn from a revitalised London jazz scene. The Royal Albert Hall is a special place for Garcia - she played it as a child in the Camden Schools’ Music Festival and has been a keen Prommer ever since.

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In August 2020, Garcia released her second studio album, Source. Described by Garcia as “a definite ode to musical history”, the record expands on her jazz roots while incorporating dubstep, reggae, Colombian cumbia, calypso, hip-hop, soul, and African-diasporic sounds.

The album features her touring band members: pianist Joe Armon-Jones, double bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer Sam Jones. KOKOROKO members Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright and Sheila Maurice-Grey perform vocals on two tracks, with the latter also contributing trumpet and flugelhorn on two other tracks. The closing track, “Boundless Beings” features vocals from pianist Akenya.

According to Garcia, Source is about personal power, collective power, and collectivism. She told The New York Times: “It’s about my heritage, my ancestry, exploring those places and those stories from my parents and my grandparents.” Recorded in 2019 in two studio sessions in her hometown of London and in Bogota, Colombia, the album serves a reflection of her hometown, paying homage to the rich cultural community of London.

She performed the entire Source album at the Proms.

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“It’s a collection of thoughts and feelings about identity, family history, connections, collectivism and grief. Ultimately, it’s rooting yourself and getting grounded in yourself and in your community. I was thinking a lot about what powers people, what powers me, what feeds my soul. What’s the source of humanity’s power when the world’s falling apart? These are all thoughts I was having before the pandemic and social upheaval, and the movements that are happening now.” - Garcia on the conception of the album, DownBeat

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Disc 1
Track 101. intro/interview 6:40
Track 102. Source 16:35
Track 103. The Message Continues 11:25
Track 104. Pace (with bass solo by Daniel Casimir) 18:53
54 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be 6:13
Track 202. Before Us: In Demerara & Caura 10:32
Track 203. Stand With Each Other 5:27
Track 204. Inner Game 9:20
Track 205. Boundless Beings 6:40
Track 206. La Cumbia Me Esta Llamando 16:09
55 mins

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