Shabaka Hutchings, band leader and composer, saxophonist, has signed to impulse! under the umbrella of the Verve Label Group. One of his groups Sons of Kemet will release their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile on impulse! on March 30, 2018. To celebrate this signing and returning to the United States under VLG, impulse! will be presenting a showcase at Winter Jazzfest on January 12 at The Red Fish, featuring Sons of Kemet and pianist Sullivan Fortner.
Danny Bennett, President & CEO of the Verve Label Group says of the signing, « Shabaka Hutchings exemplifies the mission of impulse! » And « Verve Label Group, » which is to shift paradigms musically.Shabaka ‘s multi-faceted approach to music making and appreciation of defying genres , bucking trends, and creating new lanes, is exactly what this label aims to achieve. «
Sons of Kemet is the iconoclastic mix of tenor sax, tuba and double drums. On this third studio album, they bring a kind of defying approach to the rest of the exploration of identity within the Caribbean diaspora within the UK Your Queen is a Reptile was recorded in London with a host of guests spanning the breadth of the UK scene including jungle legend Congo Natty and poet Joshua Idehen.