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Skyjack: The Hunter

Read "The Hunter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This second album from South African-Swiss cooperative Skyjack strikes a smart balance between ideation and instinct. Feedback loops fire the imagination of the album's five participants, with input and output acting and reacting to one another in real time. As on the band's eponymous debut, independence and interdependence each play a role in these romping games. There is, however, a noticeable difference between the dates: While risk bridges both endeavors, there's more rejoicing to be found on this sophomore set. ...

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Mabuta: Welcome To This World

Read "Welcome To This World" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the eyes are the windows to the soul and a portal opening to reality and closing on dreams, then the eyelids can be seen as the gatekeepers to such worlds. Mabuta--a genre-merging band taking its name from the Japanese word for eyelid--has a keen understanding of that concept. Shane Cooper, the mastermind behind this group, lives and dreams in different musical realms, having carved out his place as one of the premier bassists on the South African jazz scene ...

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Skyjack: Skyjack

Read "Skyjack" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Don't let the name fool you here. There's no hostile takeover at twenty-thousand feet, no violent occupation of a specific vehicle, and no saboteur to wreak havoc on this voyage. Skyjack is a cooperative venture that's about the art of creation and community, not the co-opting of a certain airspace or the pursuit of pure destruction. It's essentially an international musical summit that connects some of South Africa's finest young jazz greats with some strong-minded Swiss talent. ...

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Shane Cooper: Oscillations

Read "Oscillations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

"South African Jazz" means different things to different people; to some, it's music that's smooth and pacifying, produced by artists like guitarist Jonathan Butler; to others, it's the music of icons like pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and trumpeter Hugh Masekela, both of whom became symbols of freedom during the apartheid era; and to a third group, that term represents a more open-and-modernistic slant on jazz. The list of musicians that fall into that last category include pianist Kyle Shepherd, guitarist Reza ...

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Take Five With Shane Cooper

Read "Take Five With Shane Cooper" reviewed by Shane Cooper

Meet Shane Cooper:Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer, and producer from Cape Town, South Africa. Oscillations, with his quintet, is due to be launched on August 22, 2013 at Cape Town's Mahogany Room. In 2012, he was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. Has he been a member of Babu (SAMA Nominee) and Closet Snare. He continues to work with the Kyle Shepherd Trio (SAMA Nominee) and the Reza Khota Quartet. He has also worked ...


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