A must-see: Chiminyo


The recent success of zra Collective in winning the Mercury award was a triumphant moment for the group and a reminder that jazz in the UK is still flourishing. However, within the diverse mix of musicians in the scene, there may be a range of styles that the term “jazz” does not fully capture. This has led Tim Doyle, a talented 32-year-old percussionist known as Chiminyo, to ponder existential questions. He has even named his latest EP series after a discussion about whether the scene is more about a shared energy rather than just jazz.

NRG 1 and NRG 2 are limited edition 12-inches, captured live, on the fly, by rotating musicians at Doyle’s late-night jam in London. Album two has a varied range of guests who play with the likes of Blue Lab Beats and the aforementioned Ezra Collective, as well as producer Nightmares on Wax and saxophonist Gary Bartz. It fizzes with energy, of course, and sonic referencespanning grime and dubstep and Doyle’s travels in Senegal, Morocco and beyond.

Doyle was already a talented drummer. He pursued jazz while working at a call centre in the New Forest before relocating to London for a degree in music. He is a part of the bands Cykada and Maisha, and as a solo artist, he utilizes a customized drum set with contact microphones to activate loops and samples, producing intricate layers of sound. However, his latest venture distinguishes him as a rebellious individual who is eager to push the boundaries of British jazz and keep its flame burning strong.

  • NRG 1 and NRG 2 have been launched on NRG Discs.

Source: theguardian.com

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