When we heard this announcement, we got excited. Idris Ackamoor and his band The Pyramids will be releasing a follow up to their 2012 record, Otherworldly on the notable Strut Records label. Originally, the band broke up in 1977 and was eventually coaxed out of retirement some 30 years later to record the record on the German imprint Disko B. The label also released their back catalog, three moving spiritual jazz albums. Known for their combination of space age, spiritual, and percussive jazz, the band often mixed theater, dance, and other out of this world forms into their performances. Exposed to a whole new audience when Gilles Peterson gave them a Lifetime Achievement Award at his Worldwide Awards, the band will be back once again on vinyl come May with We Be All Africans.
We Be All Africans’ is a message of survival. A message of renewal. A message that we are all brothers and sisters. We are all one family, the human family and we need one another in order to survive on this planet that we all share. – Idris Ackamoor
The Pyramids were originally formed by Ackamoor (saxophone), alongside Margo Simmons (flute) and Kimathi Asante (electric bass) in Paris in 1972 after the three were in a class taught by legendary pianist Cecil Taylor at Antioch College. They embarked on a journey through Europe, playing many applauded shows and leaving at then a three record legacy before all moving on in the mid ’70’s. Their newest record We Be All Africans was recorded in Berlin at the well known Max Weissenfeldt’s analogue Philophon studio. The record is a flowing river of afro-jazz fusion, a sound we expect from the band, as they pick up where they left off in the 70’s. With artwork by Lewis Heriz, this is a highly anticipated release from the band, and hopefully we will see some live shows to back it up.
Pre-order the record here, available on Strut Records May 27.