The new album’s father afrobeat Tony Allen is titled “Film of life”. It was released recently produced by Jazz Village and no other title could be more representative of its content. First, because Allen is seventy five years old and everything he does can only emanate (just) a taste of his intuition, his charisma, his insights frenetic rhythms and style that made him famous worldwide. And then because the album is just like a movie. As a film in which successive – at variable speeds but always incurred – images in a row, one after the other. Apparently at random. But as it interacts with the flow and you get a feeling for the language (again innovative and differentiated), it includes the order, the conceptual line. It is realized that every image has a role as a whole and in relation to all the other elements that want to describe. Take for example “Go back”, the song sung by his friend Damon Albarn: his presence, his singing, his style are very clear and give us an inspired interpretation of the English singer-songwriter. But every chord, every step of the song, is tight inside the structure of Allen, beaten with a relentless pace, that leaves no room for what can not be brought back into its sound, its beats, its march (there is an image published by The Guardian in which Allen is sitting on drums, serious and focused, and it is from there, seems to want to say, that can get anywhere). The themes of “Film of Life” are many, as there are many artists that Allen wanted to call to interpret them. Worth listening to the disc just to think about the nuances of the voices and sounds of these great artists: from Manu Dibango to Adunni & Nefretiti, up to Kuku and Jazzbastards, who oversaw the production as sideband.
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