Yussef Dayes Black Classical Music 2LP

Yussef Dayes

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Debut Solo Studio Album!

Black Classical Music is Yussef Dayes' nineteen-track debut solo studio album. His drum licks and Rocco Palladino's bass are the sturdy anchors, aided by Charlie Stacey (keys/synths), Venna (saxophone), Alexander Bourt (percussion), and a host of features including: Chronixx, Masego, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Elijah Fox, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross, and the Chineke! Orchestra—the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority Black and ethnically diverse musicians.

For all its ambitious creativity, Black Classical Music offers a focused, multivalent story at once autobiographical, cultural, and social. The music is lush, advanced, and welcoming, and comes off without a trace of bloat or conceit. This is easily a top pick for best albums of 2023.
-Thom Jurek,, 4.5/5 stars (The AllMusic 2023 Year in Review - Best of 2023)


  • Double LP
  • Embossed Gatefold Jacket
  • Made in Germany


Venna saxophone
Charlie Stacey keys, synths
Elijah Fox keys, synths
Rocco Palladino bass


Side A:

  1. Black Classical Music ft. Venna & Charlie Stacey
  2. Afro Cubanism
  3. Raisins Under The Sun ft. Shabaka Hutchings
  4. Rust ft. Tom Misch
  5. Turquoise Galaxy

Side B:

  1. The Light ft. Bahia Dayes
  2. Pon di Plaza ft. Chronixx
  3. Magnolia Symphony
  4. Early Dayes
  5. Chasing The Drum

Side C:

  1. Birds Of Paradise
  2. Gelato
  3. Marching Band ft. Masego
  4. Crystal Palace Park ft. Elijah Fox
  5. Presidential ft. Jahaan Sweet

Side D:

  1. Jukebox
  2. Woman's Touch ft. Jamilah Barry
  3. Tioga Pass ft. Rocco Palladino
  4. Cowrie Charms ft.Leon Thomas and Barbara Hicks

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