Moor Mother: Jazz Codes


Release Date: 07-29-2022

SKU: 045778792610

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Moor Mother: Jazz Codes

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Coming out on July 1, Jazz Codes is Moor Mother's second and latest album for Anti- and a companion to her celebrated 2021 release Black Encyclopedia of the Air. Jazz Codes uses free jazz as a starting point but the collection continues the recent turn in Moor Mother's multifaceted catalog toward more melody, more singing voices, more choruses, more complexity. In it's warm, densely layered course through jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, and other Black classical traditions, Jazz Codes sets the ear blissfully adrift and unhitches the mind from habit. Through her work, Ayewa illuminates the principles of her multidisciplinary collaborative practice Black Quantum Futurism, a theoretical framework for perceiving and adjusting reality through art, writing, music, and performance, informed by historical Black ontologies. The songwriter, composer, vocalist, poet, and educator Camae Ayewa spent years organizing and performing in Philadelphia's underground music community before moving to Los Angeles to teach composition at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. She released her debut album as Moor Mother, Fetish Bones, in 2016, and has since put out an abundance of acclaimed music, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians who share her drive to dig up the untold. She has performed and recorded with the free jazz groups Irreversible Entanglements and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and made records with billy woods, Mental Jewelry, and YATTA.

  1. UMZANSI (feat Black Quantum Futurism featuring Mary Lattimore)
  2. APRIL 7th (feat Keir Neuringer)
  3. GOLDEN LADY (feat Melanie Charles)
  4. JOE MCPHEE NATION TIME INTRO (feat Keir Neuringer)
  5. ODE TO MARY (feat Orion Sun ; Jason Moran)
  6. WOODY SHAW (feat Melanie Charles)
  7. MEDITATION RAG (feat Aquiles Navarro ; Alya Al Sultani)
  8. SO SWEET AMINA (feat Justmadnice ; Keir Neuringer)
  9. DUST TOGETHER (feat Wolf Weston ; Aquiles Navarro)
  10. RAP JASM (feat AKAI SOLO ; Justmadnice)
  11. BLUES AWAY (feat Fatboi Sharif)
  12. BLAME (feat Justmadnice)
  13. ARMS SAVE (feat Nicole Mitchell)
  14. REAL TRILL HOURS (feat Yung Morpheus)
  15. EVENING (feat Wolf Weston)
  16. BARELY WOKE (feat Wolf Weston)
  18. THOMAS STANLEY JAZZCODES OUTRO (feat Irreversible Entanglements ; Thomas Stanley)
  19. BLACK HONEY (feat. Loijj ; Honeychile) (bonus track)
  20. WE GOT THE JAZZ (feat. Kyle Kidd Keir Neuringer Aquiles Navarro) (bonus track)
  21. BLACK DUST BLUES (feat. Elaine Mitchener) (bonus track)
  22. *the bonus tracks are only on the CD

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