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Having had the pleasure of hearing the most recent of Sathima Bea Benjamin's albums, Musical Echoes, some six months ago, I'm hesitant to add any more superlatives now that this retrospective look at the career of one of our finest jazz vocalists is about to be released. SongSpirit covers recordings made from 1963-2002. This collection of recordings shows Benjamin's affinity for pianists and includes the participation of some of the best: including Duke Ellington, Kenny Barron, Larry Willis and, of course, Abdullah Ibrahim, her husband.
The dozen selections include songs borrowed from the Great American Songbook, plus some of Sathima Bea Benjamin's own compositions, reflecting her interests in African heritage, as well as her feelings about South Africa's restrictive policies over the decadesand these songs can be best expressed by the titles "Children of Soweto," "Africa" and "Music."
The earliest recording comes from a Duke Ellington meeting, including violinist Svend Asmussen, on "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." A previously unreleased duet recording of "It Never Entered My Mind" with Abdullah Ibrahim comes from Switzerland in 1973. Among the compositions that are burnished by the singer are "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Indian Summer," "Lush Life" and "Memories of You." Additional contributions feature saxophonists Ricky Ford (tenor on "Music") and Carlos Ward (alto on "Children of Soweto").
The liner notes include a most interesting interview with Sathima Bea Benjamin by jazz critic Francis Davis.
Track Listing: Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life; I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good; Africa;
Indian Summer; It Never Entered My Mind; I Only Have Eyes For You; Memories of You; Music; Lush Life, Children Of Soweto'; I'll Follow My Secret Heart; Loveless Love/Careless Love.
Personnel: Sathima Bea Benjamin: vocals; Kenny Barron, Duke Ellington, Henry February, Onaje Allan
Gumbs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stephen Scott, Larry Willis, piano; Johnny Gertze, Basil Moses,
Buster Williams: bass;
Lulu Gontsana, Billy Higgins, Hakhaya Malkhaya, Ben Riley, Lulu Gontsana, Vincent Pavitt,
drums; Svend Asmussen: Pizzacato violin; Carlos Ward: alto saxophone; Ricky Ford: tenor
Year Released: 2006
| Record Label: Ekapa
| Style: Vocal
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com