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Black Classical Music

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Highly active since the early 2010s, Yussef Dayes has finally decided to release an album under his name only. The English drummer has set the bar pretty high with this first solo album by choosing to name it Black Classical Music, which isn’t intended to sound at all pretentious, but rather to reflect Yussef’s own definition of jazz. "What is jazz? Where did the word derive from? Birthed in New Orleans, born in the belly of the Mississippi River, rooted in the gumbo pot of the Caribbean, South American culture & African rituals. Continuing a lineage of Miles Davis, Rahssan Roland Kirk, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong ~ music that is forever evolving & limitless in its potential. The groove, it’s feeling, the compositions, the spontaneity, with a love for family, the discipline & dedication in maintaining the very high bar set by the pantheon of Black Classical Musicians. Chasing the rhythm of drums that imitated one's heartbeat, the melodies for the mind and spirit, the bass for the core. A Regal sound for this body of music."


Whether with the afrobeat/cosmic jazz adventure of United Vibrations, which he started with his brothers; as one half of the Yussef Kamaal tandem, with keyboardist Kamaal Williams; or as part of the duo formed with his guitarist accomplice Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes has always produced an all-encompassing, 360° brand of jazz, soaking up fusion, soul, funk, rap, Afro and Caribbean sounds. All of these strong influences can be found throughout Black Classical Music, which includes collaborations with Shabaka Hutchings, Chronixx, Masego, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Elijah Fox, Miles James, Sheila Maurice-Grey, Nathaniel and Theon Cross, the Chineke! Orchestra (the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of predominantly black and ethnically diverse musicians), and even his daughter, Baya, whose voice he sampled for the album.


Backed by his faithful quartet (Rocco Palladino on bass, Charlie Stacey on keyboards, saxophonist Venna and percussionist Alex Bourt), Yussef Dayes delivers some truly brilliant pieces built on two core pillars: rhythm and melody. However, at no point throughout the 74-minute album do these two solid foundations at all hinder the improvisational flair of the musicians that surround him. Jazz-fusion (“Rust”), smooth jazz (“Tioga Pass”), nu soul (“Woman's Touch”), reggae (“Pon di Plaza"), the landscapes follow one after another, each with a unique sound that the London drummer ties together, fine-tuning the transitions and ensuring that Black Classical Music isn’t just another ‘nice’ recording from the "new British jazz scene", but a record with true longevity. A beautiful Qobuzissime. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Black Classical Music (feat. Venna & Charlie Stacey)
00:05:19

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Engineer - Venna, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Producer, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Producer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Malik Venner, Composer - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion, Congas

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

2
Afro Cubanism
00:02:45

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Engineer - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Producer, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Piano - Malik Venner, Composer - Rory Pagan, Composer - Malik Venna, Saxophone - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion, Congas - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Guitar

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

3
Raisins Under the Sun (feat. Shabaka Hutchings)
00:04:31

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Shabaka Hutchings, Composer, Clarinet, FeaturedArtist - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Malcolm Catto, Producer, Engineer - Miles James, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Sheila Maurice Grey, Trumpet - Theon Cross, Tuba - Nathaniel Cross, Trombone - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Piano - Elijah Fox, Composer - Malik Venna, Composer - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion, Congas - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

4
Rust (feat. Tom Misch)
00:03:58

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Tom Misch, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, FeaturedArtist - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Producer, Drums, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Thomas Misch, Composer - Adam Syed Jaffrey, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

5
Turquoise Galaxy
00:03:11

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Malik Venner, Composer - Malik Venna, Saxophone - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Louis Pablo, Engineer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

6
The Light (feat. Bahia Dayes)
00:05:40

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Engineer - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Synthesizer - Christoph Skirl, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Bahia Dayes, Composer, Producer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paris Fabienne, Vocals

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

7
Pon di Plaza
00:03:49

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Chronixx, MainArtist - Jamar McNaughton, Composer - Ahmad Dayes, Engineer - Miles James, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Synthesizer - Christoph Skirl, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

8
Magnolia Symphony
00:01:37

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Miles James, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer, Programmer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer - Chinoke Orchestra, String Orchestra

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

9
Early Dayes
00:00:34

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Dave Dayes, Producer, Engineer, Vocals

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

10
Chasing the Drum
00:05:40

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Tito Oliveira, Composer, Drums - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Engineer - Christoph Skirl, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Malik Venna, Composer, Saxophone - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer, Guitar - Luzinho, Composer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

11
Birds of Paradise
00:04:09

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Barka, Producer - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Malcolm Catto, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Keyboards - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

12
Gelato
00:04:46

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Malik Venna, Composer, Saxophone - Alexander Bourt, Percussion - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Percussion - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Producer, Guitar

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

13
Marching Band (feat. Masego)
00:04:44

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Masego, Producer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Micah Davis, Composer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, MainArtist - Elijah Fox, Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Malik Venna, Composer, Saxophone, Vocals - Maxwell Hunter, Composer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer - Nicole Smidtz, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

14
Crystal Palace Park (feat. Elijah Fox)
00:02:32

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, MainArtist - Elijah Fox, Composer, Engineer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, FeaturedArtist - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer, Programmer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

15
Presidential (feat. Jahaan Sweet)
00:02:42

Jaycen Joshua, Engineer - Alex Wharton, Engineer - Miles James, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Jahaan Sweet, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

16
Jukebox
00:02:39

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Ahmad Dayes, Engineer - Malcolm Catto, Engineer - Alex Bonfanti, Composer, Bass - Miles James, Composer, Producer, Guitar - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Laurie Blundell, Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

17
Woman's Touch (feat. Jamilah Barry)
00:03:31

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Rocco Palladino, Composer, Bass - Malcolm Catto, Engineer - Jamilah Barry, Composer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Miles James, Composer, Synthesizer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Keyboards - Alexander Bourt, Composer, Percussion - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Engineer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

18
Tioga Pass (feat. Rocco Palladino)
00:07:56

Alex Wharton, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Engineer - Rocco Palladino, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Christoph Skirl, Engineer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Producer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Piano, Synthesizer - Malik Venna, Saxophone, Vocals - Alexander Bourt, Percussion

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited

19
Cowrie Charms (feat. Leon Thomas and Barbara Hicks)
00:03:51

Leon Thomas, Composer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Barbara Hicks, Composer, Producer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Miles James, Composer, Guitar, Synthesizer - Yussef Dayes, Composer, Drums, MainArtist - Charlie Stacey, Composer, Piano, Synthesizer - Yussef Kwame Dayes, Producer - Rory Cashmere Pagan, Producer

2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited 2023 YD Music Limited, under exclusive license to Brownswood Music Limited / Warner Music UK Limited

Album review

Highly active since the early 2010s, Yussef Dayes has finally decided to release an album under his name only. The English drummer has set the bar pretty high with this first solo album by choosing to name it Black Classical Music, which isn’t intended to sound at all pretentious, but rather to reflect Yussef’s own definition of jazz. "What is jazz? Where did the word derive from? Birthed in New Orleans, born in the belly of the Mississippi River, rooted in the gumbo pot of the Caribbean, South American culture & African rituals. Continuing a lineage of Miles Davis, Rahssan Roland Kirk, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong ~ music that is forever evolving & limitless in its potential. The groove, it’s feeling, the compositions, the spontaneity, with a love for family, the discipline & dedication in maintaining the very high bar set by the pantheon of Black Classical Musicians. Chasing the rhythm of drums that imitated one's heartbeat, the melodies for the mind and spirit, the bass for the core. A Regal sound for this body of music."


Whether with the afrobeat/cosmic jazz adventure of United Vibrations, which he started with his brothers; as one half of the Yussef Kamaal tandem, with keyboardist Kamaal Williams; or as part of the duo formed with his guitarist accomplice Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes has always produced an all-encompassing, 360° brand of jazz, soaking up fusion, soul, funk, rap, Afro and Caribbean sounds. All of these strong influences can be found throughout Black Classical Music, which includes collaborations with Shabaka Hutchings, Chronixx, Masego, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Elijah Fox, Miles James, Sheila Maurice-Grey, Nathaniel and Theon Cross, the Chineke! Orchestra (the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of predominantly black and ethnically diverse musicians), and even his daughter, Baya, whose voice he sampled for the album.


Backed by his faithful quartet (Rocco Palladino on bass, Charlie Stacey on keyboards, saxophonist Venna and percussionist Alex Bourt), Yussef Dayes delivers some truly brilliant pieces built on two core pillars: rhythm and melody. However, at no point throughout the 74-minute album do these two solid foundations at all hinder the improvisational flair of the musicians that surround him. Jazz-fusion (“Rust”), smooth jazz (“Tioga Pass”), nu soul (“Woman's Touch”), reggae (“Pon di Plaza"), the landscapes follow one after another, each with a unique sound that the London drummer ties together, fine-tuning the transitions and ensuring that Black Classical Music isn’t just another ‘nice’ recording from the "new British jazz scene", but a record with true longevity. A beautiful Qobuzissime. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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