Published Apr 17, 2018Since leaving Public Image Ltd. 38 years ago, Jah Wobble has made the most of his solo career, recording over 40 albums and collaborating with dozens of musicians (including Sinéad O'Connor, the Edge, members of Can and the late Dolores O'Riordan) all while exploring numerous genres of music spanning the globe.
A collaboration with the England-via-Morocco duo MoMo Project, Wobble seems energized and blissful on Magrhebi Jazz. At just five tracks and throughout 35 minutes of music — released on his own Jah Wobble Records label and coupled with the fact that this is a limited edition, Record Store Day release — Wobble and MoMo Project revel in this low-stakes environment, releasing a joyous, loose and celebratory collection of sounds.
On the opening number, Wobble and his band (which include three quarters of his Invaders of the Heart collective), lay down an airy soundtrack, which heavily features jazzy piano and Jah's rubbery bass lines, while MoMo Project do their impression of a polyrhythmic scat overtop.
From there, the musicians seem to ramp up the energy considerably, playing around with East African blues guitar, Afrobeat and sleek reggae. There's no real blueprint or grand statement to be found on Magrhebi Jazz and that's exactly what makes it such a charming listen. (Independent)