Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics

With the Jazzman label’s release of A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz last year ethnomusicologist Dr Lloyd Miller finally received something approaching his due, his seamless combination of ancient Middle-Eastern instruments and post-Giuffre chamber jazz, striking a chord with modern hipsters searching out lost ‘new’ sounds. Now, following their hook-up with Mulatu Astatke, Malcolm Catto’s London-based jazz travellers have lent their rhythmic talents to the 72-year old multi-instrumentalist. With Miller displaying a rare mastery of Middle-Eastern time signatures and instruments, the Heliocentrics follow his lead, a loose caravan creating an hypnotic, spiritual jazz amble through the forests, mountains and clearings of a magical Middle-East. Given Miller’s on-record disgust at modern music, the real triumph here is how well this trip grooves, managing to sound simultaneously modern, ancient, and blissfully timeless.

source: Mojo

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics

 

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