Pushing the envelope further and further, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s Jazz Is Dead series continues with the latest installment featuring the incredible voice of legendary vocalist Jean Carne. We get a taste of two tracks here on Flea Market Funk and we’re hoping you’re as excited as we are about it.
The name Jean Carne, now 74 years young, conjures up memories of deep record digging, finding Black Jazz Doug Carne Lps, and the siren’s voice who still influences vocalists today. We know her here at FMF via her Spiritual Jazz work with the aforementioned Doug Carne, but her pedigree is solid and the CV is long. Working with everyone from Azar Lawrence, Phyllis Hyman, Michael Jackson, Lonnie Liston Smith, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many others, Carne is legendary status. The two tracks offered up today from the long-player, “Come As You Are” and “Black Rainbows” give an indication of how good this album is. “Come As You Are”, moody, the early ’70s, guitar-driven with cinematic feels and funky as hell is a deep track. By the time the wailing stops and the vocals begin with that organ and Carne builds up again, the listener is grabbed by the collar. Carne is not letting go. This thing smokes. The second offering, “Black Rainbows” shows a bit of afro-futurism and Sun-Ra vibes from the very beginning. It’s a meditation, a celebration with Carne’s voice lifting you higher and keyboards that transport you to the cosmos. Inspiring and beautiful music all around. Listen to both tracks below and pre-order after the stream.
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