Limited restock - don't hang around!
After watching the relationship between London and Chicago's concurrently flourishing "jazz" scenes bloom over the last few years, it was heartening to see these bonds strengthen in 2020 with the first release by a London artist on Chicago's influential International Anthem label (collaboratively with Total Refreshment Centre and Scotland's Lost Map Records). And what a beautiful record it is.
Alabaster DePlume is a resident musician at Dalston's Total Refreshment Centre, as well as a social worker and activist. To Cy & Lee was born from his use of music to help those with less of a voice to communicate and socialize. His setup of choice is to have participants of varying backgrounds and musical experience (here including Sarathy Korwar & The Comet Is Coming's Danalogue) sat in a circle facing each other, creating a unique dialogue and dynamic. This celebration of diversity also extends to the music's wide ranging influences, from Celtic and Japanese folk to Ethiopian jazz. The whole album just exudes warmth and goodwill, it feels like a helping hand held out towards you.
Having been out of print for most of the year since its release, we're chuffed to have gotten hold of a few copies again and have it back on our shelves.