Another iteration of ascending London saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings’s fertile imagination, the Comet Is Coming—which also features Ibibio Sound Machine producer/keyboardist Dan Leavers and Soccer96 drummer Maxwell Hallett—have been injecting jazz with vital mutant energies for the past four years. As with a lot of the releases on the International Anthem label and those by fellow Brits the Heliocentrics, the Comet Is Coming’s output unconventionally fuses jazz with electronic, funk, Afrobeat, post-rock, and hip-hop elements. The title of their two transcendent albums—Channel the Spirits and Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery—could serve both as the Comet Is Coming’s MO and manifesto. This could be the show of the month.
The Comet Is Coming plays Barboza tonight. Some media below.