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Boomkat Product Review:
International Anthem coax a chilly but lush new age ambient and spiritual jazz suite from a revered L.A. duo Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, taking their cues from Chicago’s legendary Lake Shore Drive in early winter and sounding out like Alice Coltrane on ice.
Finding a logical and natural home for two of North America’s most esteemed contemporary jazz players, ‘Chicago Waves’ sees the west coasters adapt their typically lush sound during a performance at the city’s iconic South Shore Cultural Centre, after rehearsals in Makaya Craven’s Universal Beings, with gently frosted and widescreen results surely ripe for one of USA’s most prominent, open-minded jazz labels.
Anyone familiar with the pair’s sprawling catalogue of solo and collaborative records and performances for others on Leaving Records, Stones Throw, and myriad other labels will recognise the duo shifting their usually warm and expansive style to a sound that clearly evokes colder places. However they can’t help but allow light to colour the scene with rich string movements and avian woodwinds that describe life in early winter with a exquisitely filigree mix of nods to wintry classical composition filtered in a subtly unusual way thru Latinate new age and spiritual jazz’s classic blend of African, Indian and Far eastern modes. We imagine this would all sound lush in the tropics at Christmas.