Zem Audu

Spirits

Origin 82735

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Zem Audu showed off a terse, purposeful sensibility, a smokily nuanced tone and compositional fluency, ranging from Monty Alexander-style Jamdown jazz, to colorful postbop, funk and more.
New York Music Daily

Born in Nigeria, raised in London, and now living in Brooklyn, saxophonist Zem Audu possesses a deep well of influences to draw from for his debut recording. Inviting you to feel the atmosphere of the city streets, the blazing sunshine of the Caribbean, and the soulfulness of Nigerian culture, the visceral impact of his experiences with a wide-range of musical greatness - Jason Moran, Mike Stern, Hugh Masekela, and his international tours with the legendary Skatalites - is wildly evident on SPIRITS. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York with guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Benito Gonzales, Ben Williams on bass and John Davis on drums, Audu's eleven original compositions crackle with ingenuity, spirit, and GROOVE as they celebrate the life experiences that inspired them.


Track Listing:

1. Neon Nights (8:28)
2. Big Qi (6:32)
3. Muso (6:12)
4. Bird (4:45)
5. Spirits (7:35)
6. Flow (6:43)
7. Dragon (4:55)
8. Bamijo (6:30)
9. Arcade (5:25)
10. Moths (8:24)
11. Nebula (6:29)

Performers:

Zem Audu - Sax
Mike Stern - Guitar
Benito Gonzales - Piano
Ben Williams - Bass
John Davis - Drums

Production Info:

Produced by Zem Audu
Recorded by John Davis & Zé Luis
at The Bunker Studios, Avatar Studios, NYC
10/13/15, 10/14/15
Mixed by John Davis at Bunker Studios
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk
Photography by Fabio Enes, Luis Ruiz
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Spirits

All Music (Thom Jurek)
Saxophonist and composer Zem Audu is a musical nomad. Though he has been a resident of New York City for years, he was born in Nigeria and raised in England, where he received a formidable musical education. He spent the '90s and 2000s working with a startling array of musicians including Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Ernest Ranglin, Jason Moran, a ...

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