We Out Here Exclusive \\ Listen to the premiere of Shabaka Hutchings’ ‘Black Skin, Black Masks’.
We Out Here, a coming compilation album from Brownswood, documents London’s formidable young Jazz scene. Released on 8 February, the album is made up of a game-changing roster of artists including Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and Ezra Collective. These musicians have all received critical acclaim by disregarding rules and expectations in preference of creativity and innovation.
Saxophonist and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings is artistic director behind We Out Here. The release wouldn’t be complete however without his own composition. Sophisticated and pacing, EZH present the premiere of Black Skin, Black Masks.
On Black Skin, Black Masks, the first track to be revealed from We Out Here, Hutchings curates an exciting line up to join him on bass clarinet, with George Crowley on clarinet, Ruth Goller on double bass, Alexander Hawkins on piano and Tom Skinner on drums. The unusual interplay of two clarinets over rapid, constantly-shifting drum patterns and a sinister chord progression marks the piece out as a unique and intriguing composition.
To celebrate the premiere, we talk to Shabaka Hutchings about Black Skin, Black Masks, We Out Here and his role as a “vibe conductor”.