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Multiple Reviews

Township Jazz: A Riot Busting Out

Read "Township Jazz: A Riot Busting Out" reviewed by Chris May


Dateline: April 2022. This month the American label Blue Note is launching its Blue Note Africa imprint with South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's single “Senze' Nina." It is fittingly synchronous that at the same moment, Britain's Ogun label is reissuing two albums by South Africa's Blue Notes, the band which introduced township jazz to Europe and whose members went on to become leading lights of the British jazz scene. One album, Legacy, was recorded live in South Africa in 1964, ...

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Album Review

Blue Notes Orchestra: 30th Anniversary

Read "30th Anniversary" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Blue Notes Orchestra hails from Hamamatsu and is one of a number of outstanding contemporary Japanese big bands who continue to make it clear beyond any doubt that one doesn't have to be born and bred in the USA to master the fine art of jazz musicianship. Blue Notes is as proficient in every respect as any ensemble I've heard in recent years, and to say it reminds me of Kenichi Tsunoda's marvelous Tokyo-based band is the most earnest ...


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