Published Jan 04, 2019After nearly 15 years of performing with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum has lifted the curtain on a new solo album.
Titled All My Relations, the 10-track effort will arrive February 22 through Daptone Records. The album marks the follow-up to 2010's The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow.
The album, conceived during Jones & the Dap-Kings' final year of touring, was largely created through "improvisation and collective writing" between Gastelum and nine additional New York musicians. The album's title track is available to hear in the player below.
"All My Relations is a way for me to explore my roots through music. Some of it is a memory that is imagined from a time and place I've never been ('Sonora') or a musical impression of ritual ('Mitote')," Cochemea explained in a statement. "I felt compelled to add the way I feel when I go to ceremony, when I feel connected with my ancestors, to the musical narrative."
All My Relations:
1. Maso Ye'eme
2. All My Relations
8. Los Muertos
10. Song of Happiness