Shabaka Hutchings of The Comet is Coming plays saxophone at This Tent at Bonnaroo on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Manchester, Tenn.
Hayden Goodridge | MTSU Seigenthaler News Service
The London jazz-fusion trio The Comet is Coming performed a high-intensity set of cosmic instrumentals at This Tent Thursday at Bonnaroo, giving fans a taste of late-night, futuristic energy.
While jazz music isn’t a main attractor for many of the young attendees of Bonnaroo, The Comet is Coming displayed an exciting reinvigoration of the genre, blending traditional instruments such as saxophone with grandiose electronic elements that show a mission to forge new pathways in jazz. By describing their music under the self-proclaimed genre of “apocalyptic space funk,” the group seems to be well down their own path.
The Comet is Coming’s performance was shrouded in mystery, with each member only going by nickname—Dan “Danalogue” Leavers on synths, Max “Betamax” Hallett on drums, and Shabaka “King Shabaka” Hutchings on saxophone. Their transcendent display was a medley of psychedelic soundscapes, heavy drum grooves and unrelenting sax flares.
Coming off of this year’s album “Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery,” the group played a number of cuts from the recently released record, including “Summon the Fire” and “Birth of Creation.” The songs included extended solos from the members as the songs meandered between moments of reflection and ferocity.
Though their set gave little time for talking in the seamless transitions between songs, Leavers expressed his appreciation for the festival.
“We’ve come a long way from London, and let me tell you, it’s been pretty special to land here at Bonnaroo in Tennessee,” Leavers said. “We appreciate your energy.”