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Crisis & Opportunity, Vol.1 - London


World-renowned drummer/composer, producer/beatmaker, Myele Manzanza, has proved that he's an artist who continues to dissolve the borders between modern jazz and electronic beat production. Having released three solo albums, and racking up tours and collaborations with Jordan Rakei, Theo Parrish, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Recloose, and Amp Fiddler, amongst others. Myele is already developing a strong live presence in his new London base; his quartet has shared stages with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bad Plus, Alfa Mist, and drawing packed houses to top venues such as The Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott's. Tapping into the vibrant scene of his adopted home, Myele now readies his next project on London-based label DeepMatter. Crisis & Opportunity, Vol.1 - London features a top tier cast of young London based talent including Ashley Henry (piano), James Copus (trumpet), George Crowley (tenor saxophone), Benjamin Muralt (bass), and additional contributions from the legendary Mark de Clive-Lowe (synths), with Myele Manzanza (drums) captaining the ship. Born out of Myele's necessity to direct his creative energy in a productive direction and maintain his growth as an artist during the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown, Crisis & Opportunity is a reflection of the time we currently live in as a global society. The EP draws the global health crisis, the parallel economic crisis as a consequence of the necessary lockdowns, and the broader racial crisis brought to the forefront as a result of the death of George Floyd. Weaving his unique blend of forward-thinking genre bending jazz, broken beat, electronica and world music, Manzanza drives Crisis & Opportunity through a set of original compositions inspired by the city of London which he now calls home. On tracks like "Brixton Blues", Myele paints London's rich and diverse cultural landscape. On "Portobello Superhero", Myele praises the stalwarts of London-centric jazz infused institutions such as CoOp, Jazz Re:Freshed, and Plastic People, paying homage to its origins and infections effect on its listeners. 180 gram vinyl; matt lamination print with an inner printed sleeve.