Cochemea All My Relations
Published Feb 25, 2019California native Cochemea Gastelum's solo full-length taps into a spiritual jazz vibe with All My Relations. The Daptone saxophonist and longtime Dap-Kings member (RIP Sharon Jones) explores his ancestral roots — crossing a soundscape populated with North African rhythms, American Indian musicality and Latin jazz and funk sensibilities to achieve something simultaneously meditative and stirring.
It's a globetrotting affair: the wah-wah brass and dhol drums of "Mitote" make for a savoury blend, the Indigenous chants and percussion reverberate in title track "All My Relations," the mid-'70s Stevie Wonder/Herbie Hancock-styled funk of "Mescalero" hits the spiritual spot, while the smooth sax of "Seyewailo" offer up a sonic take on bliss. The Moroccan -inspired Al-Mu'tasim and last track "Song of Happiness" close things out on a virtuosic note. (Daptone)