Black Mahogoni 2 Review
Usually a source for quality techno and house musics, the long-running British label Peacefrog here presents acclaimed Detroit producer Kenny Dixon Jr.‘s most daring foray into jazz. Under the name Moodymann he’s been fusing American idioms with house music for several years, with a particular confluence of jazz, soul and r&b happening on the releases Mohogany Brown and Black Mahogani. Now he follows up May’s Black Mahogani long-player with this sequel featuring a suite of four tracks performed by the Pitch Black City Collective. The exploratory eighteen-minute cut “When She Follows” brings a late night dimension to the acoustic trio plus lead electric piano. And while the Rhodes melody sparkles in the background like a distant star in the night sky, Kenny himself takes center stage with a crepuscular love song, which hovers delicately between yearning soul and freeform funk. The following duet with jazz singer Norma Jean Bell, “Rectify,” is the lady’s response, as the acoustic bass and electric piano continue to chart their laid back course. lt’s tasty stuff that finds a new side to the “future jazz” proposed by Carl Craig and others.