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Chris McGregor

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Blue Notes: Refugees From Race Hate

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In late May 2022, three months into the war in Ukraine, the plight of refugees is at the front of our minds. Around five million Ukrainians have become refugees and another seven million are displaced persons inside their own country. The apartheid-era South African refugee crisis was not on this scale. The number of internally displaced ...

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Article: Album Review

Nduduzo Makhathini: In The Spirit Of Ntu

Read "In The Spirit Of Ntu" reviewed by Chris May


There are strong links between London's alternative jazz scene and the parallel and burgeoning one in South Africa. A case in point is the connection between South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and British tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings. Makhathini and Hutchings' similar ages and overlapping, cosmologically informed takes on jazz meant they were ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

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The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Township Jazz: A Riot Busting Out

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Dateline: April 2022. This month the American label Blue Note is launching its Blue Note Africa imprint with South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's single “Senze' Nina." It is fittingly synchronous that at the same moment, Britain's Ogun label is reissuing two albums by South Africa's Blue Notes, the band which introduced township jazz to Europe and ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Township Jazz: Unlocking The Vaults

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Britain is often said to be the first country to have forged a style of jazz distinct from its American parent, during the late 1950s, in part through the influence of London-based players from South Asia. Closer examination of calendars and the historical record, however, shows that South Africa found its own jazz voice at the ...

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Article: Book Review

The South African Jazz Real Book Vol. 1

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The South African Jazz Real Book Vol. 1 Jannie van Tonder & George Werner 166 Pages ISBN: 978-0-620-93506-7 Jazz.co.za 2021 In an age when songwriters are routinely defrauded by music streaming platforms--by every thieving one of them--you might think that another real book would be as welcome as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Danilo Gallo, Ernesto Jodos, East Axis & Garfo

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This show is loaded with new releases. My favourite record label, Clean Feed, continually provides excellent music and I dip into the latest batch (read our reviews), sampling new albums by Italian bassist Danilo Gallo & Dry Dark Tears, Lisbon's Garfo and edgy trumpeter Luis Vicente & his trio. ESP-Disk's place in the history of jazz ...

Article: Album Review

Gianluca Petrella, Pasquale Mirra: Correspondence

Read "Correspondence" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Si avverte un forte aroma d'Africa, fin dalle prime battute di questo Correspondence, lavoro nato dalla collaborazione di Gianluca Petrella e Pasquale Mirra. Un'Africa non certo da cartolina, come ci hanno abituato ormai troppo spesso tante realizzazioni che prendono a modello il continente nero solo nella superficie. Certamente, anche qui siamo di fronte a una mediazione ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea

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This show has a tribute to the great Chick Corea and new releases from here and there: Finland's UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, France's Le Gros Cube led by saxophonist Alban Darche, Australian's Alister Spence Trio augmented by guitarist Ed Kuepper, Canada's See Through 4, another guitarist Jörg Schippa from Germany, and Nate Wooley's Mutual Aid Music. ...


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