Irreversible Entanglements quite frankly left me stunned after a mid-summer performance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the nation's capital — ritualism, anger and hope all throbbed from a quintet spread out over Philly, D.C. and New York. The debut album, co-released by tastemakers in punk (Don Giovanni) and jazz (International Anthem), makes stellar use of hard-funked grooves to breathe air into the band's flames.
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later the group added trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes (a duo who also performed at the MAPB event) for a single day of recording at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn, and the full quintet’s first time playing together was captured for their debut.
Improvisation as Openness to the New