Shabaka Joined By André 3000, Moses Sumney, Floating Points On Debut Solo Album

It's titled 'Perceive its Beauty, Acknowledge its Grace'...

Shabaka Hutchings has detailed plans for his debut solo album.

The UK musician has pushed jazz to new limits, adding fresh aspects into his improvisatory stew. Best known as a collaborator and band leader, he has propelled the likes of Shabaka & The Ancestors, Sons Of Kemet, and The Comet Is Coming into the public gaze.

Late last year he confirmed he would step away from the saxophone – his mainstay for over a decade – to explore other instruments. Now Shabaka – as he will be mononymously be known – has confirmed plans for his debut solo album.

‘Perceive its Beauty, Acknowledge its Grace’ is out on April 12th, and it features some incredible guests. Curiously, André 3000 (and, one would assume, his flute) is on here, joined by Moses Sumney, Floating Points, Lianne La Havas, Elucid, Saul Williams, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Set to play London’s Barbican venue on May 9th, Shabaka explains that the new record “really signifies a departure for me, a departure from the bands that I’ve become known for playing in, and the arrival of the flutes in general. I bring a lot of flutes to the album and explore different kind of sonic terrains, although for this track in particular, it’s not actually the flute, it’s the clarinet. It’s my first instrument, the instrument that I consider to be my primary instrument, so it’s really going back to what I feel most comfortable with.”

Beautiful new song ‘End Of Innocence’ is online now – drifting into woodwind ambience, it’s a feather-soft bed of sound. Tap in below.

1. End Of Innocence
2. As The Planets And the Stars Collapse
3. Insecurities
4. Managing My Breath, What Fear Had Become
5. The Wounded Need To Be Replenished
6. Body To Inhabit
7. I’ll Do Whatever You Want
8. Living
9. Breathing
10. Kiss Me Before I Forget
11. Song Of The Motherland

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