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King Kong to Sharpeville

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Part two of an eight-part series exploring the past and present of South Africa's Jazz scene. This episode looks at the late 1950s in South Africa's Jazz, leading up to the early 1960s and the fallout of the Sharpeville Massacre.

Playlist Cast of King Kong “Sad Times, Bad Times" from King Kong: Original ...

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Destination South Africa (Part 2)

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One episode was not enough, so we needed more time to cover the South African scene. This week we look back at an earlier phase of the history of jazz in South Africa, focusing on some foundational bands and musicians, and the musicians they inspired both in South African and elsewhere.

Playlist Ben Allison ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bokani Dyer: African Piano

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Throughout this decade, pianist, composer, and bandleader Bokani Dyer has stood as one of the most formidable and creative keyboard talents in South Africa today. Raised in a musical family--his father is the legendary saxophonist Steve Dyer--Bokani Dyer quickly demonstrated an extraordinary musical vision and identity of his own. Indeed, albums of his, notably Emancipate the ...

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Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

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When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the ...

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Joy

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Joy, something that we all need more of, especially on days with such lousy weather like these...

We are all familiar with the fact that music can greatly contribute to such state, and neuroscience has proved that when pleasurable music is heard, dopamine is released. Let's then focus on music that has a very ...

Dominic Egli's Plurism with Feya Faku: Fufu Tryout

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Non ancora quarantenne (è nato in prossimità di Zurigo nel 1976), il batterista Dominic Egli ha fondato il trio Plurism nel 2011, e due anni dopo (settembre 2013), allargandolo a quartetto (non in tutti i brani) con l'inserimento del trombettista sudafricano Fezile Feya Faku (New Brighton, Port Elisabeth, 1962), ha inciso questo album, che si colloca ...

Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano

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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 ...

Take Five With Billie Davies

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Meet Billie Davies:

Drummer and band leader Billie Davies is mostly an autodidact whose natural talent, relentless, explorative spirit, and multifaceted experiences have led to an innovative approach to jazz. With a background in classical and jazz along with a lifetime of musical experiences in jams, performances, recordings, and music production, the listener is treated ...

Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)

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In a time when leadership roles are being thrust increasingly upon young musicians who may have the chops, the technique and the theory, but not the experience, drummer Paul Motian could be considered a lesson in patience, in waiting for the right time, in holding off for the precise moment of readiness.

It's not that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

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Don Cherry

Organic Music Society

Caprice

2012

By the early 1970s, trumpeter Don Cherry had moved a long way--geographically and musically--from the music that had earned him a reputation as one of free jazz's great innovators. Resident in Sweden, he had embarked on a pioneering exploration of world ...