Fela Kuti meets Miles Davis, meets Karlheinz Stockhausen. Melbourne psychedelic jazz collective I Hold the Lion's Paw sounds familiar and, at the same time, like nothing else you’ve ever heard.
Nominated for ‘Best Australian Jazz Ensemble’ in the 2018 “Jazz BELL Awards”, I Hold the Lion’s Paw (IHTLP) is led by Reuben Lewis and features some of Australia’s most exciting musicians. The music is born out of an organic cross-over of afro-beat, jazz and outré electronics. Expect to hear as much as electro-acoustic noise, slowly evolving soundtracks, afro-beat inspired grooves and psychedelic free jazz.
“Is this exactly where jazz needed to have ended up in the year 2018? It is an exhilarating spirit that moves this collective, taking the best from the past, and from the future and grafting them to the present.” - John Hardaker, Words About Music
“Danceable, infectious, and the inevitable deconstructions are subtle - ★★★★” – Eric Myers, The Australian
released October 20, 2018
Reuben Lewis - compositions/trumpet/electronics
David Brown - electric bass
Ronny Ferella - drums
Fabian Hevia - percussion
Recorded live by Marty Jones on 5th March, 2018
at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide
Mixed by Jarrad Payne
Artwork by Loretta Wilde