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The River Doesn't Like Strangers

Carmichael Chelsea

The River Doesn't Like Strangers

Label: Native Rebel Recordings

Genre: Jazz / Avant Garde


  • LP x2 €30.99
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Saxophonist, composer and arranger Chelsea Carmichael is an understated innovator and educator, quietly adding her own contribution to the iteration of jazz that has evolved on these islands. She’s a warm and hypnotic player, who brings subtle and considered improvisation to everything she does.

She’s already been part of a mercury-nominated band – she played on seed ensemble’s 2019 driftglass – and currently plays with theon cross, the neue grafik ensemble and the hyper-popular outlook orchestra who play for huge audiences at major venues and festivals. She also writes and arranges for her own Chelsea Carmichael Ensemble.

The River Doesn’t Like Strangers from start to finish is jazz mastery at its finest. The title track was inspired by the words of Chelsea’s dad on the Rio Grande in Jamaica: the river that goes through the centre of his home village of Grants Level, in the parish of Portland.

The intertwining of skilled players invokes the movement of the Rio Grande throughout. Playful, unpredictable and masterful, it’s simply a sublime record. Album highlights include the pensive and beautifully expansive ‘Bone And Soil’, the mythical ‘Myriad’ and the transcendental ‘All We Know’.

New press.