Steve Reid Ensemble
No kidding, I nearly bought this album in 2008 on account of Kieran Hebden’s involvement alone. The man behind Four Tet had, by this point, completed three releases with percussion-master Steve Reid as a duo, but none of them would compare to the full arrangements of Daxaar.
I’ll leave it to the video below (which I love) to illustrate how and why these musicians gathered in Africa but the results readily justify the means. Whether falling effortlessly into a loose groove (on ‘Jiggy Jiggy’) or a freeform spiral (‘Big G’s Family’), the septet’s casual chemistry is mind-blowing.