Moses Boyd ft. Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua – Frontline

Frontline is high energy, frenetic and steeped with Afro-Caribbean jazz influence.

Featuring the talents of Kevin Hanyes and Grupo Elegua, Moses Boyd delivers the first track from his soon to be released album Displaced Diaspora and it’s steeped with Afro-Caribbean jazz influence. Frontline is high energy and frenetic, centering around the experimental styles of Kevin Haynes on alto sax, with Moses Boyd and the Batá drummers of Grupo Elegua providing a carnival of percussion. The crossover of styles bring elements of Nigeria and the New World to the contemporary London scene. This is all held down by a prominent groove on tuba, and although I can’t find a full list of recording artists, I have a feeling we’re listening to fellow London jazz upstart Theon Cross. Both Moses and Theon having worked together as part of his Exodus project (in fact, they also grew up together!)

Moses Boyd is making a name for himself as one of jazz’s premier percussionists. As a MOBO award winning artist, Moses has performed with a number of different outfits and artists to play music across a spectrum of genres stretching to electronica and grime. The Moses Boyd Exodus has captured both the traditional world of Ronnie Scotts and the electronic focused Boiler Room – taking a sometimes sterile and elitist genre to new dance audiences. 

As a dedicated scholar of the art of jazz however, he’s worked tirelessly to hone his technicality and compositions. I recently heard him speaking at an event put on by Brownswood Recordings where he described the weekly long journeys made across London by bus to attend community classes and to learn from established musicians. Moses emphasised the importance of community to creative pursuits, and having learnt how to self release music the hard way, he now actively supports and mentors other artists. 

The first full length album from Moses Boyd will be released on the 28th of September on Exodus Records. With tracks recorded at Soup Studios – onboard a lightship based in East London – I’ll be intrigued to here what diverse journeys will appear alongside Frontline on Displaced Diaspora.