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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

ARTICLE: FORESTS OF SOUND

Benguela: Cape Town Improv Trio

Read "Benguela: Cape Town Improv Trio" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer

The ambient, chugging drone becomes slow frothing waves on which a misty guitar loop bobs. The ocean scape is cloudy--blurred browns and deep, shifting blues. The droning bass strings become clear as they pluck into focus, percussion slipping in like sudden, calculated sprays of foam. Alex Bozas' guitar introduces matt flashes, like sampled photographs of urban ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Recalled To Life - Chapter One" CD/FLAC/MP3 Album By British Guitarist Steve Robinson Formerly With The Band 'igginbottom Which Also Included Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Now Available From Art Of Life Records.

"Recalled To Life - Chapter One" CD/FLAC/MP3 Album By British Guitarist Steve Robinson Formerly With The Band 'igginbottom Which Also Included Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Now Available From Art Of Life Records.

Art of Life Records is proud to present, Recalled to Life-Chapter One, the debut release by British guitarist and composer Steve Robinson. Steve was a member of the British group 'Igginbottom which recorded the album “Igginbottoms Wrench" in 1969 which also included guitarist Allan Holdsworth. Recalled to Life-Chapter One includes ten original compositions by Steve and ...

Andreas Loven: District 6

Read "District 6" reviewed by Geno Thackara

With a resumé that ranges from his native Norway down to South Africa, Andreas Loven lets you know from the start that he and his piano aren't going to fit under just one umbrella. In the simple context of an acoustic quartet (joined by sax, bass and drums), his beautifully ear-catching songwriting shows facets of all ...

Andreas Loven: District Six

Read "District Six" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian pianist/composer Andreas Loven has an especially compelling personal history. In his early twenties he left Oslo and an engineering career to move to South Africa to pursue jazz. Based in Cape Town, he has since performed extensively all over South Africa. This dual background gives his music a unique voice, one with both European and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bokani Dyer: World Music

Read "World Music" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's not exactly a secret that the concept of “World Music" isn't all that its name implies. That tag, still in wide use today, became somewhat meaningless a couple decades back, serving primarily as an umbrella category to market any and every form of non-Western music to Western ears. But South African pianist Bokani Dyer sees ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa
March 27 & 28, 2015

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place over two jam-packed nights, on five simultaneous stages. Now in its sixteenth year, it also includes a number of ancillary events during festival week: ...

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Song Is My Story

Read "The Song Is My Story" reviewed by James Nadal

Blessed is the artist who has reached the zenith of his craft, and endured to reap the rewards, becoming the wise elder reflecting upon a lifetime of creative accomplishment. Having left an impressive body of work, he still greets the dawn with exuberance and optimism. Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim is such an artist. As a consummate and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Kyle Shepherd: Where Dream States Meet Reality

Read "Kyle Shepherd: Where Dream States Meet Reality" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards program has been shining a light on some of the best and brightest South African up-and-comers in music, drama, dance, film, and other art forms since 1984. Almost from the start, and for the two decades that followed, music was simply represented with one umbrella category when these awards were ...

Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano

Read "African Piano" reviewed by John Kelman

Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett are widely thought to have represented ECM Records' initial solo piano forays with Piano Improvisations, Vol. 1 & 2 (1971/1972) and Facing You (1972), respectively, but a lesser-known recording from 1969, unreleased until 1973 on ECM's sister label, JAPO, could be considered its true first. Originally released under Dollar Brand's birth ...