Thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series, you can now stream tuba player Theon Cross’ solo debut full-length, Fyah, ahead of its official release next week.
The Sons of Kemet tubist had stoked excitement for the album with advance tracks “Panda Village” and “Activate,” the latter of which opens the eight-track release. Backing Cross on the project were, among other artists, fellow London jazz mainstays Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd, who had also supported him on his 2015 Aspirations EP.
“I titled the record Fyah not just because I think the music is good. ‘Fire,’ for me, as an element represents warmth and light,” Cross told DownBeat in a recent interview. “I think our generation is about bringing positive energy. If any of us get into the position where we’re playing at Wembley, or we’re playing at big arenas, I want it to be the same energy as when we played at the small pubs in London.”
Stream the album here on NPR Music.