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The three London-based musicians of Black Top deliver free jazz and electronica with urban grit. “There Goes the Neighbourhood” opens with Steve Williamson warm, pensive and solitary on tenor sax, then simmers and stews before closing with a fractured, toe-tapping groove.
Orphy Robinson opens “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, ruminating on marimba before the trio bubble and boil into abstraction. Keyboardist Pat Thomas fleshes out the mix with jungly electronica and expressionist piano, completing an ensemble style to mirror the snappy closing track’s title, “Archaic Nubian Dubstep”.