Global Music Column – November

Tenderlonious/Jaubi – Ragas from Lahore

Ever since the likes of John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and Don Cherry came upon the tantric mantras of India and the harmonic and rhythmic forms of Indian classical music, the field of improvisatory music that became known as spiritual jazz has sought to merge a particularly African American expression with an ancient lineage to create its own musical philosophy – one resolutely apart from the white, Eurocentric tradition.

The sound is a touchstone of Ed Cawthorne’s decade on the London jazz circuit as multi-instrumentalist and producer Tenderlonious. His groups Ruby Rushton and the 22archestra are known for their languid, funk-inflected take on the works of Lateef and Coltrane. Like these forebears, he now follows that music to its source, with Ragas from Lahore.

Read the review in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 23/10/20]