Caribbean Roots

by Anthony Joseph

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By Light touch or front intake, suggested or clearly displayed, Caribbean appears implicit in whole discography Anthony Joseph. From the furious trance of Bird Head Song to the most successful Time, she resonates in each of its albums.

Today, what was then a thread, an anchor with which he did not lose his cap, the poet-novelist-musician-speaker decided to make a communication cable. A powerful link, that play distances and braving the sea,would unite the island to that of his brothers of the French Antilles. Those who, just a few miles from him, dancing to the sound of tumbélé or Mendé, when, towards Port Spain, is slumming soca and calypso rhythms.

Driven always by a deep and powerful black identity, Anthony Joseph returns to his roots with “Caribbean Roots”, new album under the artistic direction of Roger Raspail, Caribbean percussionist who flattered skins for Cesaria Evora, Papa Wemba or unavoidable Kassav ‘.

Follower of the reboot of his musical matrix, Anthony, as he had already done by dispersing his Spasm Band and his Rubber Band, starting from scratch with a gleaming training, thought as a brewing between musicians from Guadeloupe and Trinidad. The meeting between two islands that now make more than one and where the identity of each does not dilute overall but, on the contrary, help to make a richer and more resistant alloy.

The saxophone Shabaka Hutchings (The Heliocentrics) and Jason Yarde, trumpet Yvon Guillard (Magma), bass Mike Clinton (Salif Keita), trombone Peter Chabrèle (Creole Jazz Orchestra) : this new group looks like a Caribbean all-stars marked by the blows of mallets Andy Narell, Grand Master of the steel pan, steel metal drum sounds, sound incarnation of Trinidad.

Dancing explosions or slow progression of copper struck riffs worthy of a soundtrack; voodoo funk or rhythm incandescent fury broadband lacerated sax freejazz, the meeting of the Caribbean diaspora does not put a doomed formula to be broken down on eleven tracks but, instead, explores and cleared. As a guide, Anthony Joseph. The chronicler who recites his text supported on simple percussion or storyteller possessed by the power of the hypnotic bass. The adventurer who chanted in a mangrove where rhythms and brass have formed an inextricable tangle. The talker who walks on a round groove and whirring voice in carpooling with Sly Johnson.

Separated by 621 km, Trinidad and Guadeloupe previously communicated through vibrations carried by sea. Anthony Joseph went under it and established roots together.


released June 24, 2016



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Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as ‘the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain’. His written work and performance occupies a space between surrealism, Jazz and the rhythms of Caribbean speech and music.

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