Corey Mwamba provides a guided listen to the best new improvised music. This week features a rich and dexterous exploration of the acoustic bass from Neil Charles; the saxophonist Matana Roberts and pianist Pat Thomas speak the truth on a new duo recording full of long lyrical lines, locked grooves and neat switchbacks.
And there’s music from Zambia’s Western Province with plenty of improvisation and individualistic identity on a new compilation called Kangombio Silimba Jazz.
Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3
1 Pablo Aguirre – Biuches
2 Alfred Chiyembele – Instrumental
3 Neil Charles – Number 4
4 Matana Roberts & Pat Thomas – Part 3
5 Johnny Butler – Red Shirt, White Dress
6 Murmuüre – Reincarnate
7 Rion Sanura – Invocation
8 Lina Allemano – Portrait of Sticks (for Nick)
9 Wings of an Angel – Y’all Are The Illuminati’s Reptilians