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Babatunde Lea


Babatunde Lea is one of those old souls. You know the type: wise and serene, blessed with a culturally diverse perspective, bubbling over with ideas and creative energies that strongly suggest theyve been this way before; someone deeply in touch with the spiritual essences. Such an impression is borne out in spades by Tundes newest entry in the growing tradition of Motema Music. Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost is a journey through the spirit world powered by contemporary, deeply sculpted grooves and articulations specially crafted by this master percussionist; all delivered by a high-spirited crew of musicians. Im not a religious man, but I do believe in spirit, that it intervenes in our lives in mysterious ways


Message From Mozambique

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Struggle (Home); Soledad Brothers; Freedom Fighter; Make Your Own Revolution Now; Father Is Back; Nairobi / Chants.

Article: History of Jazz

James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz

Read "James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da circa un decennio il jazz statunitense e britannico vede l'emergere di giovani protagonisti che spezzano i confini tra i generi “colti" e popolari, operando una sintesi sfaccettata tra le molte espressioni della black music. Un torrente tumultuoso che viene alimentato dalle spinte politico-identitarie della comunità afroamericana (la rinascita dell'Afrofuturismo, il movimento Black Lives Matter), che ...


Article: Album Review

JuJu: Message From Mozambique

Read "Message From Mozambique" reviewed by Chris May

There are many historic albums among the fifty or so titles released by the Strata-East label in the 1970s. But few have acquired the quasi-mythological stature of 1973's politically charged spiritual-jazz masterpiece Message From Mozambique by Bay Area tenor saxophonist Plunk Nkabinde and his band JuJu. The only disc to come close is Gil Scott-Heron and ...


Article: Interview

Kevin “Bujo” Jones: Jazz as a Part of The Continuum

Read "Kevin “Bujo” Jones: Jazz as a Part of The Continuum" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Jazz musicians can be found working in any other music styles, probably because jazz gives great flexibility and freedom of expression that can be easily applied to any music. Kevin “Bujo" Jones, a percussionist born in Englewood, New Jersey, and residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, feels equally comfortable playing jazz and non-jazz. Moreover, he does not ...


The Green Album

Label: Koganote Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. MLW Blues Evolution 7:28 2. Slippery Slope 6:06 3. Miles Back 6:29 4. Con Alma (John Birks Gillespie) 6:48 5. My Little Suede Shoes (Charles Parker Jr.) 4:24 6. The Mooche (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) 7:19 7. Fools Blues 4:46 8. Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me Babe 4:16 9. Moose The Mooche (Charles Parker Jr.) 4:57 10. Honolulu (Green Theme Song) 4:54 11. El Rancho 8:15


News: Recording

Tenor Saxophonist Lawrence Clark To Celebrate The Release Of His Sophomore Album "Inner Visions" Featuring Jeremy Pelt And Duane Eubanks

Tenor Saxophonist Lawrence Clark To Celebrate The Release Of His Sophomore Album "Inner Visions" Featuring Jeremy Pelt And Duane Eubanks

Tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark will celebrate the release of his sophomore album Inner Visions on August 9, 2019, with a special concert at The LetLove Inn in Astoria, NY. His new album, offered through the European Jazz Tribes label, features trumpeters Jeremy Pelt and Duane Eubanks with David Bryant, piano and Rhodes; Darrell Green, drums; and ...


Comes The Fall

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Comes The Fall, Wish I May, How High The Moon, I'm On A Cloud, Moon River, I Thought About You, Quiet Nights, No Rhyme or Reason, Giant Steps, Almost Like Being In Love, Give Me The Simple Life, Embraceable You, If You Could See Me Now, Wish Me A Rainbow


Article: Interview

Omar Sosa: Bringing The World To The World

Read "Omar Sosa: Bringing The World To The World" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Pianist/composer Omar Sosa was born in Cuba in the first decade of Fidel Castro's rule over the island, and grew up listening to forbidden American jazz with his music school friends in secret, the radio discretely turned low, though eventually the rules changed and the music was broadcast in Cuba, too. After Cuba and a short ...


Suite Unseen : Summoner Of The Ghost

Label: M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
Released: 2010


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