The Pyramids sign to Disko B (Posted By Harry)
The Pyramids have just signed to Disko B!
With the likes of Gilles Peterson championing them, here’s some interviews to get you familiar, if you weren’t already that is…
When a young Idris Ackamoor was given the opportunity to travel to Europe with a saxophone and a tape recorder, there was only one thing he was going to do: form a jazz band. Contemporaries of Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, The Pyramids created a unique avant-garde sound which looked back to Africa and forward to an otherworldly future in outer-space. They were among the first breath of bands to produce and distribute their own work, recording three extraordinary records in the early seventies that are only now beginning to see the light of day once more. After thirty years apart, The Pyramids have begun touring again, and last year released their forth album Otherworldly to find that not an awful lot has changed; if you want something done, it’s always best to do it yourself.
We caught up with bandleader and saxophonist Idris Ackamoor after The Pyramids’ most recent European tour. A buoyant, extrovert performer, Idris spoke with the avuncular enthusiasm of a man truly at one with his art; past, present and future.
It’s been almost thirty years since The Pyramids last toured together, what was behind the decision to reunite?
In 2007 there was a two-CD release on the Japanese “EM” label, like a retrospective of my work over the last 35 years. That two-CD release had a lot of Pyramids music on it. As well there was a record company in Chicago that was re-releasing the three Pyramids albums from the 70′s. I did a big record release party for the San Francisco International Art Festival, and that performance brought together many of the members of The Pyramids over the years to a reunion concert to celebrate the releases as well as get back together again after not playing together as a band for over 30 years. It was a real nice reunion….(Read More)