Alabaster dePlume review – a rabble-rousing, spiritual jazz adventure

Komedia, Brighton
Spoken word and ambient improvisations move from abstraction to anti-fascist anthems in the celebrated bandleader’s inspiring set

Alabaster dePlume does not know what he is doing. He says as much near the start of his set.

“I know I’m supposed to behave like I know what I’m doing,” the saxophonist, singer, performance poet and bandleader adds, before proceeding to harmonise with the sound of a distant toilet hand-dryer. Later, he will conduct his band in a cappella vocals with a fingerless-gloved hand, pointing at the notes in the air, and repeatedly congratulate his audience for being alive.

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