Riding high on the wave of brass band-influenced jazz, Bristol-based Dakhla Brass are back with their new album, Murmur, on Impossible Ark Records. With their first new release since BBC Music Introducing and Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2) presented them at Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016, and their performance at a BBC Prom, the unusual line up of four brass players plus drummer is augmented with Nostalgia 77 double bassist, Riaan Vosloo.
Dakhla Brass weave glittering brass threads into intricate musical tapestries like no other band. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is 'not exactly' music, not exactly jazz, not exactly brass band or Arabian or Second Line Mardi Gras. Yet it draws on all that and more.
This is demon stuff, delivered with deadly accuracy by six exceptional musicians, and it's in a class of its own.
Dakhla – here is one of the bands doing great things right now! Very modern, great grooves, the sound of jazz coming from the UK that makes it stand out from everywhere else.
BBC Radio 2, Jamie Cullum
Really punchy, very powerful energetic sound. Dakhla Brass are an important part of a wave of modern groups that draw on the brass band tradition in some way. They are all directed towards a very personal sound that is both fully uplifting and hard hitting.
Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise