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Something of a focal point for the exceptionally vibrant and creatively fertile London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings has been the driving force in acclaimed groups such as the Mercury Prize nominated Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors, his saxophone playing taking more influence from hip-hop and acid house than traditional blues or jazz sources.

As one-third of The Comet Is Coming, alongside Max Hammett on drums and Dan Leavers on keyboards, Hutchings pushes even further out from jazz orthodoxy towards cosmic rave. Having won a loyal fanbase for their fiery live shows and exciting debut album Channel The Spirits, their new album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery finds the trio continuing to push themselves into new areas of sci-fi wonder and musical eclecticism to conjure up psychedelic sounds for the twenty-fifth century.

Following an incredible show at The Cluny in 2017, the band bring their new material to Sage Gateshead on Monday 1st April for what is sure to be another incendiary performance. Joining them on the night is genre-blurring singer/songwriter Alabaster dePlume, whose most recent album The Corner Of The Sphere abounds with unforced eccentricity and a necessary adventurousness.

 

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