Modern Jazz Today, Chip Wickham
Modern Jazz Today, Chip Wickham

Shamal Wind

Modern Jazz Today, Chip Wickham
Modern Jazz Today, Chip Wickham

Played on Episode #128

Recorded in Madrid in July 2017, Shamal Wind combines Chip Wickham’s globetrotting, spiritual jazz expeditions with hard-won schooling in the funk. Following his critically acclaimed 2017 debut, La Sombra, the record draws on spiritual jazz influences like Yusef Lateef and Sahib Shihab, and rests on Chip’s many-sided experience as a musician, spanning left-field beat experiments to hard-hitting funk heavyweights.


After the Latin and flamenco whispers on La Sombra, Shamal Wind adds some Arab-influence percussion to the mix, most notably on the title track. Elsewhere, ‘Barrio 71’ sees him nodding to Shihab: high energy, lyrical and absorbing, with sax and the vibraphone taking the lead. ‘Snake Eyes’ taps into the meditative exaltation of modal jazz, while ‘Soho Strut’ nods to the jazz fusion, funk-influenced side of Chip’s playing.


Like the Persian Gulf winds referenced in the album title, which often mark the shift to a new season, this album signals a new chapter for Chip, opening a newfound energy and inclusiveness in his music, and further expanding on what he achieved in the past year. Shamal Wind is a heavy record, built on strong foundations.


Over the past 3 decades Chip Wickham has worked, written, recorded, and toured with the likes of Rae & Christian, Fingathing, The Pharcyde, Jimpster, Nightmares On Wax, Graham Massey, Roy Ayers, Nat Birchall, The New Mastersounds, Lack Of Afro, Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Matthew Halsall, and Dwight Trible.

Chip Wickham: flute, alto flute & baritone saxophone
Ton Risco: vibraphone
Phil Wilkinson: piano
David Salvador: double bass
Antonio Alvarez Pax: drums
David el Indio: congas, bongos, bell and percussion

* Matthew Halsall: trumpet on The Mirage
* Gabri Casanova: Wurlitzer piano on Rebel No.23

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Played on Episode 128

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