Although not the most inventive of contemporary jazz styles, Voice's Quintet Legacy is a remarkable disc that features both great players and unique arrangements. With each listen what may have seemed passive on the surface builds and deepens. The five players represent something of a who's-who of South African jazz, which helps give the record its singular character.
The build and drop formula of the opener, "Siniville (We Heard You)," may seem old school, but then a jam drops in and sets the track in a seemingly different direction before pulling back. And this is where the quintet's power lays, building on various styles and taking them off into various directions, creating a tasty sound dish.
While it may be that their approach is more modern than any other genre, Voice do pull out some drops of smooth, pinches of bop and dashes of free form into their music. So if this doesn't immediately fuel your passion for contemporary quintets, give the disc a few more spins, and you will happy with the results.
Track Listing: 1. Sinivile (We Heard You)
2. Sweet Anathi
4. Blues For Green
6. Khumbul'i Khaya
7. Lakutshon' Ilanga
8. Under Pressure
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.