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Seed.

UK

Much-acclaimed ten-strong jazz collective

When their debut album Driftglass was released in early 2019, the ten-piece jazz collective seed. found many admirers politely queuing up to pay their respects. Not only did the Mercury Prize judges deem it worthy of their shortlist, but seasoned jazz writers also reached for new superlatives. The thrilling ensemble playing –tying together South African jazz, Caribbean rhythms, ’60s Blue Note, zero-gravity space-jazz and plenty of urban flavours –led The Guardian’s John Fordham to note that the band’s twentysomethings “often sound like old souls, and with roots in various places, like so many of the culturally sharp-eared newcomers currently revitalising UK jazz”. Taking their place in the fertile firmament that finds bands like Sons Of Kemet, Ezra Collective, Nérija and Kokoroko part of an intriguing and interlocking scene, seed. offer –in the words of their brilliant saxophone-playing leader Cassie Kinoshi –“a celebration of what it means to be a young black British person”.