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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hangar, London Fields 17/5/19

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Adrian Younge: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Loren Oden (@Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad): Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19.jpg Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg Adrain Younge: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Loren Oden (@Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad): Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19.jpg Adrain Younge: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg Adrain Younge: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Loren Oden (@Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad): Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19.jpg Adrain Younge: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Adrian Younge has long been one of the most exciting producers around. His work on the "Super Bad" and "Something About April" albums set him apart, while collaborations with Ghostface Killah and The Delphonics helped both record their best material for years.

And there's no doubting Ali Shaheed Muhammad's musical pedigree.
A founding member of hip-hop icons A Tribe Called Quest and the brilliant Lucy Pearl, he has an enviable catalogue of work to his name.

When their paths crossed for the recording of the Luke Cage soundtrack, it proved to be a meeting of great minds, yielding some compelling material. From that collaboration came "The Midnight Hour", an orchestral jazz-soul record featuring a superb selection of guest singers.

It seemed fitting that Hangar in London Fields was the setting for their debut show together in the capital. Intimate enough for the audience to get up close to the stage, and boasting decent acoustics, the basement venue fit the bill perfectly.

They took the stage along with a 12-piece band, including strings and horns. Undoubtedly this was one for the purists. If you've not heard them yet, their "Live At Linear Labs" album showcases how high the bar is set musically, and for more than an hour they set about delivering on that promise. And taking of which, "The Midnight Hour Theme" was sparse yet powerful.

Younge is charismatic and accomplished at the heart of the group's performance, and they are superbly drilled. They are several tracks into their set before singer Loren Oden joins them onstage. Silky voiced and soulful, he launches into "Questions" - performed by Cee-Lo Green on the album - with confidence.

With so much talent onstage it's refreshing to see them add up to the sum of their parts, and Muhammad shows himself to be an excellent bass player.

Even with the group not taking to the stage until 11pm, the audience quickly warmed to what they were seeing. Here's hoping the collaboration continues for many years to come.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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