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Carlo Mombelli

The South African composer/bassist has recorded and performed at many international festivals, including the Rome Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the German Moers and the ‘Leipziger Jazztage’ festivals, Banlieues Bleues festival in Paris, the ‘On the edge of Wrong’ festival in Norway, with amongst others, Mick Goodrick, Charlie Mariano, Jeroen van Vliet, Malcolm Braff, Adrian Mears and Samuel Bläser. He has recorded on Enja Records with Egberto Gismonti as well as with Lee Konitz, and has contributed music and played on the 1989 tribute for Jaco Pastorius, ‘Basstorius’, that also features the bassists Mathew Garrison and Carles Benavent. He worked for two years with the Paris based company Lutherie Urbaine on community projects building instruments from recycled material


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mariasole De Pascali, Lucia Cadotsch, Petter Eldh, Carlo Mombelli & More

Read "Mariasole De Pascali, Lucia Cadotsch, Petter Eldh, Carlo Mombelli & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on two of the most vibrant scenes in Northern Europe, jny: Amsterdam and jny: Berlin. Along the way we hop from jny: Copenhagen to New York with a few more stops on the way. Enjoy some of the freshest jazz projects out there.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz ...


Article: Forests of Sound

Jonathan Crossley And The Chase Of Sound

Read "Jonathan Crossley And The Chase Of Sound" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer

South African-born, UK-based guitarist Jonathan Crossley's 2022 release Inhale is an amalgam of influences, from post-rock to jazz to math rock to electronica, all woven into a genre unto itself. Time signatures shift effortlessly and, indeed, any one time signature is played around with, Crossley's guitar and Jonno Sweetman's drums hopping from just behind to just ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bounce; Breathe Deep; Inhale; There's No Invasion; Hymn; Coming Up For Air; In The Spring; First Operation; Second Operation.


Lullaby for Planet Earth

Label: Clap Your Hands
Released: 2022
Track listing: It Hurts When I Laugh, It Tickles When I Cry; Gentle; Gina's Song; Daniel; Clouds; Athens; Lullaby for Planet Earth; Letters of Love; Clouds - Reprise; Compassion - The Hug.


Article: Album Review

Carlo Mombelli: Lullaby for Planet Earth

Read "Lullaby for Planet Earth" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Carlo Mombelli's patience is profound. Long a believer in allowing music to unfold at its own pace, the veteran South African bassist/composer demonstrates incredible composure in his every pursuit. Always unforced and forever bound to both the natural and spiritual realms, his art reflects a purity linking the concepts of self- command and surrender. In that ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis

Read "South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As sure as the sun will shine on Chapman's Peak and the winds will sweep over Table Mountain, South Africa will continue to flourish and birth new music worthy of worldwide attention. The West may typically pay little to no mind to South African jazz and the artists who shape it, but that has yet to ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz of the New South Africa, Part Two

Read "Jazz of the New South Africa, Part Two" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South Africa celebrated its first democratic elections in April 1994, entering a new phase of its history. During that decade, an incredible new array of Jazz artists emerged in the country, exploring Jazz's role in the New South Africa. Playlist Hilton Schilder “Email to the Ancestors" from No Turning Back (Mountain Records) 1:11 ...


Article: Interview

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...


Article: Interview

Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak

Read "Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To audiences in Boston or New York, Salim Washington is not just a great musician, he is a community builder. Having first established the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, then the Harlem Arts Ensemble, Washington has throughout his career carefully nurtured collectives of musicians who in turn generated irreplaceable music scenes at venues like Connolly's in Boston and ...


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