Black Classical Music (LP)

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Yussef Dayes
Black Classical Music (LP)

[ Brownswood / 2 LP ]

Release Date: Friday 8 September 2023

Dayes introduces Black Classical Music in his own words:

"What is jazz? Where did the word derive from? Birthed in New Orleans, born in the belly of the Mississippi River, rooted in the gumbo pot of the Caribbean, South American culture & African rituals. Continuing a lineage of Miles Davis, Rahssan Roland kirk, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong ~ music that is forever evolving & limitless in its potential. The groove, it's feeling, the compositions, the spontaneity, with a love for family, the discipline & dedication in maintaining the very high bar set by the pantheon of Black Classical Musicians. Chasing the rhythm of drums that imitated one's heartbeat, the melodies for the mind and spirit, the bass for the core. A Regal sound for this body of music."

"Black Classical Music" is Dayes' 19 track debut solo studio album. At every turn, Dayes distinctive drum licks and Rocco Palladino's bass are the sturdy anchors; aided by Charlie Stacey (keys/synths), Venna (saxophone), Alexander Bourt (percussion), and a whole host of honourable features including: Chronixx, Masego, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Elijah Fox, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority Black and ethnically diverse musicians.

Yussef Dayes discography is expansive and wide reaching; his rise can be first linked to the Afrocentric quartet, United Vibrations, alongside his two brothers - Ahmad and Kareem - and saxophonist, Wayne Francis. This was followed by the meteorically sucessful, but short-lived duo Yussef Kamaal, with keyboardist Kamaal Williams. More recently, Dayes released Live At Joshua Tree, an EP presented by Soulection, and other solo releases including the live album Welcome To The Hills and Love Is The Message, which was recorded Live at Abbey Road Studios.


Black Classical Music (feat. Venna & Charlie Stacey)
Afro Cubanism
Raisins Under The Sun (feat. Shabaka Hutchings)
Rust (feat. Tom Misch)
Turquoise Galaxy
The Light (feat. Bahia Dayes)
Pon Di Plaza (feat. Chronixx)
Magnolia Symphony
Early Dayes
Chasing The Drum
Birds Of Paradise
Marching Band (feat. Masego)
Crystal Palace Park (feat. Elijah Fox)
Presidential (feat. Jahaan Sweet)
Woman's Touch (feat. Jamilah Barry)
Tioga Pass (feat. Rocco Palladino)
Cowrie Charms (feat. Leon Thomas & Barbara Hicks)

Black Classical Music ft. Venna & Charlie Stacey