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by James Singleton

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Malabar 05:48
Bluebelly 04:14
Lento 07:02


Malabar marks the first time on vinyl for Singleton’s compositions, and was executed by a stellar and versatile sextet employing trumpet, electronics, guitar, vibraphone, saxophone, clarinet flute, and of course Singleton’s commanding and adventurous bass playing. At times romantic, at other moments chaotic, Singleton’s writing––and leadership––allows for the players to stretch out, but never beyond an engaging and fully engaged sense of narrative. We may not be sure exactly what the story is, but there is nothing but fierce focus in the dramatic and soulful sense with which these players execute the narrative’s implications.

The music on Malabar will likely call to mind Dave Holland’s Conference of the Birds, Charles Mingus’ Black Saint and the Sinner Lady or Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. But Malabar is no throwback to 1963 or 1973. Singleton’s vision is firmly cast, forward and up. And the work here has as much to do with the aforementioned Chicago experimentalists and some of their cohorts like Luke Stewart, Ken Vandermark, and Rob Mazurek. Malabar is another chapter, a new chapter in James Singleton’s evolving songbook, and one that will be remembered as such for years to come.


released April 15, 2022

James Singleton - Bass, Trumpet and Effects
Mike Dillon - Vibes and Percussion
Justin Peake - Drums and Electronics
Rex Gregory - Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone
Brad Walker - Saxophone
Jonathan Freilich - Guitar

Recorded by Steven Richardson
Mixed by Tim Stanbaugh
Mastered by Jeff Albert

Grotto Mural and Photograph by Jonathan Traviesa
Design and Color by Aimee Toledano


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James Singleton New Orleans, Louisiana

James Singleton is one of the most in demand bass players in New Orleans. At 66, Singleton has accompanied everyone from Chet Baker, Ellis Marsalis, John Scofield and James Booker. Singleton is also a core member of Astral Project, a group that OffBeat has called “the finest modern jazz ensemble in New Orleans,” and since 2016, Singleton has been a member of the lauded Nolatet. ... more

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