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Al Di Meola: Opus

Read "Opus" reviewed by Doug Collette

Guitarist/composer Al Di Meola explores his heritage musically and otherwise in the near hour-long Opus. Largely a solo project, the music becomes all the more compelling for an intricacy mirrored in the deceptively ornate cover art. The intimacy arising from the very first tones of “Milonga Noctiva (Wandering in the Dark)" eventually alternates overdubs ...

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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 ...

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Gloria Bosman: Emzini

Read "Emzini" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Over the past decade, Gloria Bosman has risen to become one of South Africa's most prominent and successful jazz vocalists, mastering a blend of Afropop, R&B, gospel and straight-ahead jazz. Added to that, she is a powerhouse of a singer: think Miriam Makeba with extra chutzpah.On Emzini Bosman does not stray too far from ...

Four Fourty: Us+Them=1

Read "Us+Them=1" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

In an age where many albums rely on pyrotechnics, famous guest musicians or outright all-star lineups, Four Fourty offers a refreshing alternative. While each of the musicians is a solid soloist--from Mvuzo Dimba's Horace Silver-like piano playing to Vuyisile Sabongo's Maceo Parker-inspired saxophone funk--the band emphasizes the collaborative aspect of playing on Us+Them=1. The results speak ...

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Louis Mhlanga: World Traveller

Read "World Traveller" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Louis Mhlanga has established himself as one of Southern Africa's most influential and unique guitarists. Originally from Zimbabwe, he now records for South Africa's Sheer Sound label. While his music, as the title of this album suggests, draws its inspiration from all over the globe, his guitar playing seems to draw its greatest influences from the ...

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Sipho Gumede: African Sunrise

Read "African Sunrise" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Listening to the hauntingly beautiful African Sunrise, released several months after Sipho Gumede's death, one can understand why Gumede is held up as one of South Africa's great musicians. His fat, warm bass sound, his compositional gifts, his genre-defying musical creativity, and his skills as a band leader are all in full bloom here.The ...

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Musa Manzini: My Bass

Read "My Bass" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

My Bass, Musa Manzini's third solo outing, is an album by a bassist, for bassists. Manzini is not afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve--the solo bass overdubbing and slapping of Victor Wooten, the genre-hopping creativity of Gito Baloi, and much more can all be heard here. However, Manzini very much has his own voice. ...

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Andile Yenana: Who's Got the Map?

Read "Who's Got the Map?" reviewed by AAJ Staff

South African pianist Andile Yenana first attracted attention as a sideman on Zim Ngqawana's early recordings, where his McCoy Tyner-ish playing served as a perfect complement to Ngqawana's Coltrane-like energy. In 2002 Sheer Sound released his debut, We Used to Dance, which drew upon these themes. But it would be a mistake to categorize Yenana as ...

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Andile Yenana: Who's Got the Map?

Read "Who's Got the Map?" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

The odd title of pianist Andile Yenana's second album as a leader, as he writes, “depicts the space I am in--call it my voice, expression, interpretation of a reality transformed into compositions." While that's a mouthful, the album succeeds in this respect. A disheartening trend in some South African jazz is a common desire ...

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Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo 2

Read "Kalamazoo 2" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Kalamazoo 2 is the second of four collaborations between the late bassist Sipho Gumede and multi-instrumentalist Pops Mohamed. Recorded in 1999, it features guest musicians Prince Kupi on guitar, Xoli Nkosi on keyboards and brass, and both Barney Rachabane and Mandla Masuku on alto saxophone.The album opens promisingly--a funky bass-and-keyboard-driven riff along with Mohamed's ...


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