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Palmares Fantasy feat. Hermeto Pascoal
Palmares Fantasy feat. Hermeto Pascoal


For his third album for Far Out Recordings, London based multi-instrumentalist and one of Europes finest saxophonists Sean Khan ventures to Rio de Janeiro to collaborate with iconic Brazilian polymath Hermeto Pascoal. Taking its title from the escaped slave settlement Palmares in the Northeast of Brazil during the 1600s, Palmares Fantasy is Khans utopian jazz message for the world, and features Azymuth drummer Ivan Mamao Conti, bassist Paulo Russo, guitarist Jim Mullen, and guest vocals from Brazilian chanteuse Sabrina Malheiros, and Cinematic Orchestra frontwoman Heidi Vogel. Like Hermeto Pascoal, Sean Khan is a self-taught musician. Never able to afford his original dream of studying at Berklee, and having been turned away from Guildhall School of Music for being too raw, he became disillusioned with what he saw as the exclusivity, elitism and dangerous institutionalisation of the jazz world. Yet Seans love for music and the drive to create never faltered. Hermeto Pascoal, the man Miles Davis once dubbed the most impressive musician in the world, is a similarly independent artist. A true maverick whose ingenuity and freedom from conventional restraints is so great that he has essentially conceived his own musical language, made him the dream collaboration for Sean. Aspiring to inclusivity and equality also informs the message in Khans music. Inspired by the 17th Century settlement of Palmares in Brazils Alagoas region, which was free from the Portuguese crowns murderous exploitation of South America for a century, Khan notes his fascination with the fact that while majoritively made up of escaped African slaves, many deserter conquistadors also joined the settlement. Hearing the deep-grooving title track with this history in mind, the listener is transported to a futuristic musical eden, with Mamaos insatiable 10/8 rhythm back-boning Hermetos wild improvised vocals, rhodes and whistles, while Seans harmonically brilliant sax and flute add more layers of moody, characterful expression. Moment of Collapse is Seans poetic study on the uncertainties of modern day western civilisation, delicately presented by the gorgeous vocals of Heidi Vogel and drenched in lugubrious strings and Alice Coltrane-esque harp. The two covers on the album are of Hermetos own Montreux (on which Hermeto plays solos on a teapot and a pint of water), and an uplifting soulful jazz-funk take on Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges MPB classic Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser featuring the vocals of pioneering nu-bossa voice Sabrina Malheiros. The recording sessions for the album were part of an intensive and hugely productive eight-week excursion to South America for Far Out boss Joe Davis in the summer of 2016, which also saw the sessions for Azymuths Fênix and a forthcoming album from Uruguayan fusion legend Hugo Fattoruso. Fantastic Gilles Peterson Loving this! Opolopo Thank you! Sassy J Proper! Great track. Colin Dale this is great! Yannick Elverfeld (RBMA / Needs Records) I've enjoyed Sean Khan's earlier releases, but this really seems like he's grown into his fairly considerable talent. Mark Sampson (Songlines) His last album was his best so far, but I think this one may be even better. Laurence Pragnell (Soul Brother Records) dope!!! Kyri (R2 Records) this is great - really cool vibe! Sam Redmore wonderful track - can't wait to hear the lp. Simon Harrison (Basic Soul Radio) This is very tasty indeed. Gavin Boyd (Soul Has No Tempo) Stunning!!! Mark Milz (Further In Fusion) Oi Oi Samuel Lloyd (Balamii Radio) PRESS / ONLINE VINYL FACTORY (UK) News (Anton Spice) 09/03/18 online SOUNDS & COLOURS (UK) News (Gabriel Gahan) 09/03/18 online THE WIRE (UK) Review confirmed (Joseph Stanard) print EVENING STANDARD (UK) Review confirmed (Jane Cornwell) print + online ECHOES MAGAZINE (UK) Review confirmed (Laurence Pragnell) print LIBERATION (FR) Feature confirmed (Jacques Denis) print + online MUSIC IS MY SANCTUARY (CA) Premiere confirmed (Mike Jones) online JAZZ MAGAZINE (FR) Review confirmed (Frederic Goaty) print SHINDIG! (UK) Review confirmed (Grahame Bent) print MUSICA MACONDO (UK) Premiere confirmed (Tim Garcia) online RAWCKUS MAGAZINE (USA) News (Randy Radic) online KIND OF JAZZ (UK) Review confirmed (Fernando Rose) online TONART MAGAZINE (DE) Review confirmed (Michael Moehring) print WORLD MUSIC NETWORK (USA) Review confirmed (Raul Da Gama) online BADD PRESS BLOG (USA) Review confirmed (Kevin Press) online ORKESTER JOURNALEN (DK) Review confirmed (Patrik Sandberg) print LIVE WORLDWIDE FM (UK) Sean Khan live session confirmed (Gilles Peterson) RADIO BBC RADIO 6 (UK) Gilles Peterson - Palmares Fantasy (24/02/18) link OTHER BRITISH AIRWAYS On board BA flights (June 2018)


  1. Name
  2. Moment Of Collapse
  3. Palmares Fantasy
  4. Waltz For Hermeto
  5. The Blonde
  6. Montreux
  7. Said
  8. Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser
  9. The Conversation
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