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EABS meets Jaubi
In Search of a Better Tomorrow

Astigmatic Records

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"In Search Of A Better Tomorrow" is a fascinating collaboration between Polish jazz ensemble EABS and the Pakistani instrumental quartet Jaubi. An unlikely meeting on paper, perhaps, but the two groups share a lot of musical DNA and are clearly mutually enthusiastic about much more besides - this is a deeply spiritual collection of ragas and escapist jazz explorations.

A few years ago, a very interesting relationship began to develop. A bridge was built out of Jaubi's releases on Astigmatic Records and the increasingly frequent collaborations between musicians from Europe and Asia - out of Latarnik's trip to Pakistan resulting in the widely acclaimed album Nafs at Peace and Zohaib, Dhani and Ali's revisit to Poland, which has been recorded as the EABS meets Jaubi In Search of a Better Tomorrow longplay. Wrocław and Lahore are almost 7,000 kilometers apart. And despite this immense distance that separates the EABS and Jaubi musicians, the two bands find a surprising amount of common ground that determines their musical explorations. These include both a strong attachment to locality and respect for tradition, a penchant for weaving in some hip-hop elements, and the basis of a love of improvisation and spiritual jazz. It was therefore only a matter of time before they joined forces. And so, they proceeded to build a (cross)cultural bridge between Poland and Pakistan. A bridge whose pillars are Hindustani ragas, polish jazz understood in a variety of ways, and brotherhood in sound. This merger's finale is surprising to such an extent that it is difficult to pigeonhole this collaboration in any way.

They met through the Get Your Jazz Together programme, which was launched by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to help build such bridges. The following day after Jaubi's premiere concert at the OFF Festival in Katowice, the musicians went to Monochrom Studio in Kłodzko Valley, where they spent a week making music together, exchanging ideas and compositions. The outcome of the collaboration surprised them all, materializing in rather dark shades. — (via Bandcamp)

Label: Astigmatic Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Poland
Released: May 12, 2023
Genre: Jazz, Folk, World
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Global, Fusion, World

File under: Global