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Gito Baloi: Herbs & Roots

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Gito Baloi: Herbs & Roots Quick and to the Point : Contempo Africanized jazz flavored by various feels led by bass guitar.



Bassist Gito Baloi presented his third album under his leadership after almost four years after his last release. Herbs & Roots is the result and lovers of contemporary jazz will most definitely like his production, composing, arranging and performing. His playing and vocalizations are as democratic as is the interaction of the supporting cast with his tasteful, funkified, and Africanized pop stances. Framed within a smoky and earthy jazz, swaying pinches of supplementary worldly musical sayings, this recording is characterized by radio friendliness with a chunky vibe.



“Hinkwafo” is vocalized and a comfortable ride that actually doesn’t culminate until one arrives at “Township Drive.” Problem is, you don’t arrive and keep cruising on the easy vibe... “Location” is party time after the drive. Vusi Maseko muses the piano with Baloi’s sureness in “Tiva” and that’s all is needed there. “Xawane” is a pretty tune in electronica. “Zumba Funky” is the type of tune smooth jazz stations would play during drive time to pep their audiences up. “That's Right” is nicely grounded on a cascading effect over a pocket of jazzy fun. “Verdade,” or “truth” in Portuguese, is a Latinized vehicle for Baloi’s groove and he does well indeed. “Herbs & Roots” is aptly titled as it is just that, herbs and roots with the steel pans flavoring the air with sax... “Harrow Road” travels through urban grounds, hence, its jazz cosmopolitanism voiced by sax and a laid back punchy comfortable sense of abstraction in its rhythmic base. “Sad Melody” is a personal dedication that leans heavily on the melodic part, rather than in sadness; albeit one needs to be reminded that such an emotion can funnel beauty as well as any other. “Ntyilo Ntyilo” is a ballad well known in South Africa treated here with much feeling by the singing of Thuli Madlosi. The closer’s title has nothing to do with the Borg, as this “Drone” is more akin to meditative endeavors that would require stronger music than the usual fare associated with such practices. Miles Davis would’ve love to do his thing on this one as Marcus Wyatt does so well here.



Contact: For U.S. availability of this Sheer Sound artist, contact ReRooted Media .


Track Listing: 1. Hinkwafo 2. Township Drive 3. Location 4. Tiva 5. Xawane 6. Zumba Funky 7. That's Right 8. Verdade 9. Herbs & Roots 10. Harrow Road 11. Sad Melody 12. Ntyilo Ntyilo 13. Drone

Personnel: Bass, drum programming, vocals, acoustic guitar, drum loops, keyboards & percussion: Gito Baloi. Bass: Ezildo Nocela (2). Drums: Nkanyzi Cele (12), Frank Paco (3, 10), Dio dos Santos (1), Barry van Zyl (13). Drums: Texito Langa (2). Guitar: Mark Buchanan (6), Nelinho Nocela (Lead on 2), George Phiri (3) Graham Sacks (Lead on 1). Keyboards: Shafik Kimmie (1), Vusi Maseko (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12), Lindelani Mathonsi (11), Joe Matseka (3). Steel Pans: Dave Reynolds (9). Tenor & Soprano Sax: Vaughn Tromp (3, 9 & 11). Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Marcus Wyatt (13). Vocals: Thuli Madlosi (6, 12).

Title: Herbs & Roots | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Sheer Sound


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