Yazz Ahmed | La Saboteuse

Bahraini-British performer, Yazz Ahmed, is transforming what jazz means in 2017. This trumpet and flugelhorn-playing artist has worked with Radiohead and These New Puritans, experiments with electronic effects, and combines sounds from her shared heritage to author a new narrative for the genre. Part of the new wave of artists credited with stirring up the sound, including Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal, Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming, Yazz Ahmed is thrilled by the possibilities of making something new. “I feel like I’m a part of modernising jazz and connecting it with audiences today,” Yazz says. “It’s exciting.”

Her new album ‘La Saboteuse’ is a deep exploration of both her British and Bahraini roots. Ably assisted by musicians including Lewis Wright on vibraphone, Shabaka Hutchings on bass clarinet and Naadia Sherriff on Rhodes keyboard, it’s composed of undulating rhythms, Middle Eastern melody and Yazz’s sonorous trumpet lines. ‘La Saboteuse’ will be released in four chapters incrementally, unravelling the story, before the full version is available. Each chapter has its own cover, with beautiful illustrations by Bristol artist Sophie Bass. “I feel really touched, nobody’s created art from my music before, it’s really special,” Yazz says.

Out on Naim Records, available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 3.17

favourite things 3.17/soundcloud holds songs by: Bei Bei & Shawn Lee, Clutchy Hopkins & Fat Albert Einstein, Yazz Ahmed, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Collocutor vs. The Expansions, Henry Wu, Alfa Mist, Butcher Brown, Jonah Levine Collective feat. Mndsgn, Elusive, Lojii & Swarvy, Bryant Dope, McKinley Dixon, Children of Zeus, HWLS, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib feat. MED, Joey Bada$$ feat. Schoolboy Q, Cohenbeats feat. Quelle Chris, Ol Burger Beats feat. Oliver The 2nd & Ivan Ave, Kiefer, Sugi.wa, Joey Fatts feat. Curren$y & JMSN.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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