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The first set ended on an up-tempo high, the second with Harper’s back catalogue rearranged for the 12 voices of the Khoros choir. They harmonised in support, fleshed out melodies with wordless scat and led the joyous waltz “Speak to Me of Love, Speak to Me of Truth”. The finale, “Cry of Hunger”, was an ambitious blend of rage and calm that contrasted smooth lyricism with flurries of vocal angst, and purposeful instrumental breaks with disconcerting silences punctuated by those signature stabs. The audience raised the roof, urged on the encore “Priestess”, and, past midnight, were rousing to the end. The event’s banner, Church of Sound, was apt. ★★★★☆

 

Financial Times, Monday November 19th 2018

Billy Harper Quintet and Khoros Choir, London Jazz Festival

 

 

In the second set the 12-piece Khoros Choir arrives to perform parts of Capra Black, Harper's timeless debut, and the soaring quality of the music played by the quintet is made more explicit. For a largely young audience this is a precious moment, as it is possibly the closest millennial ears might come to experiencing something of the force of what John Coltrane and Albert Ayler were doing in the 1960s. 

 

Jazzwise Magazine, Monday November 19th 2018

Billy Harper Quintet and Khoros Choir, London Jazz Festival

 

 

 

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