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Albert's Favourites

Ronin Arkestra ‎– Sonkei

$39.00

Albert's Favourites

Ronin Arkestra ‎– Sonkei

$39.00

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Led by producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Mark de Clive Lowe, Tokyo’s Rōnin Arkestra brings together some of the most supreme and innovative players in Japan’s Jazz and electronic scene, featuring members of Kyoto Jazz Sextet, WONK, Cro-Magnon, Root Soul, Sleepwalker, Sauce81 and Kyoto Jazz Massive.

Formed in 2017, the collective’s debut album ‘Sonkei’, released 27th September via Albert’s Favourites, fuses ’60s deep and spiritual jazz with experimental electronica. The album follows the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP ‘First Meeting’, released earlier this year.

The super-group takes their name from Rōnin, the masterless samurai of a time gone by. Deadly master swordsmen who, without lords to serve, roamed Japan offering their skills wherever needed. As the need for their swordsmanship declined, they became master artisans making textiles, crafting poetry, painting and writing books.

It’s a fascinating evolution that has a parallel to each member in the Rōnin Arkestra collective - master musicians from different bands and clans coming together to create a vagabond band of like-minded musicians - weaving the stories of their lives into a collective sound. “The members of Rōnin Arkestra are some of my favorite musicians anywhere and the way we all come together in battle formation with so much heart and soul is making magic,” says de Clive Lowe.

The musical ‘stories’ contained in ‘Sonkei’ are each named after episodes from Samurai Champloo, an Edo-era, Japanese anime series following two ronin and their charge in search of the elusive "samurai who smells of sunflower”. “It’s a favourite of mine, with its two main characters being such juxtaposed personalities, but their only way to succeed is to work together - the lessons and reflection in that alone is self-evident,” adds de Clive Lowe. - Bandcamp

Label: Albert's Favourites ‎– ALBF-LP05

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album

Country: UK

Released: 25 Sep 2019

Genre: JazzFunk / Soul

Style: Contemporary Jazz