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Nduduzo Makhathini

Every generation has its own leading lights. For the current generation of South African young jazz musicians, pianist, and composer, Nduduzo Makhathini stands as a key torchbearer. It’s useful to note the refreshing virtuosity with which the 34 years old jazzman articulates a decidedly spiritual vision of the world with the piano, and his compositional clarity. Makhathini plays with a bright lyricism and a full sound pallet that gives him a markedly wide melodic vocabulary. His music is as open as it is invigorating. Makhathini commands the sort of remarkable talent and thematic focus that posits him among an illustrious pantheon of forbears

An Open Dialogue

Label: Skay Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Codes of Light; Umkhokheli; Amakhosi; Timelessness; Tlhatlha Matjolo (Amenless Prayer); Ziyokhala Ziyotheza Sokela; Saziwa Nguwe.

We Are Sent Here by History

Label: Impulse! Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: They Who Must Die; You’ve Been Called; Go My Heart, Go to Heaven; Behold, The Deceiver; Run, The Darkness Will Pass; The Coming of the Strange Ones; Beasts Too Spoke of Suffering; We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood); ‘Til the Freedom Comes Home; Finally, The Man Cried; Teach Me How to Be Vulnerable.

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Linda Sikhakhane: An Open Dialogue

Read "An Open Dialogue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane released Two Sides, One Mirror (Skay Music, 2017), it was a statement of arrival, marking his ascendancy within the jazz ranks in his native South Africa, and departure, signaling a move to the United States that would result in studies with tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeter Charles Tolliver, bassist Reggie Workman ...

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Eric Revis, Art Blakey, Federico Calcagno, Charles Tolliver & More

Read "Eric Revis, Art Blakey, Federico Calcagno, Charles Tolliver & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Recently unearthed gems by Dudu Pukwana and Art Blakey, beautiful new albums by Eric Revis and Charles Tolliver, the Cuban roots of David Virelles and Aruán Ortiz, a peak in the jny: Amsterdam and jny: Berlin scenes through the music of Federico Calcagno and Reza Askari, respectively, and much more in this week's edition of Mondo ...

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Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases

Read "Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases [for the first part ]. Here we focus on the new works of drummers Chad Taylor, with his trio and in the duo with James Brandon Lewis and Matt Wilson, the global jazz of the cult band Aka Moon and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini... ...

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Lina Allemano, Yaroslav Likhachev, Pauli Lyytinen and More

Read "Lina Allemano, Yaroslav Likhachev, Pauli Lyytinen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode might be a week early, given that seven days later is International Jazz Day, but OMJ has been pretty international in scope for a long time now. Thirteen different countries are represented among the artists featured this week. E.g., Pauli Lyytinen's Magnetia Orkestri from Finland, saxophonist Yaroslav Likhachev from Siberia via Berlin, Peripheral Vision ...

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Leïla Olivesi, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bryan, Kirk Knuffke and Other New Releases

Read "Leïla Olivesi, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bryan, Kirk Knuffke and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Here is the second part of this week's exploration of new releases [for the first part click here] by Kirk Knuffke and Paul Bryan as well as upcoming Blue Note albums by Charles Lloyd, and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini. To top off Mondo Jazz's 100th episode, a celebration of Federico Fellini's centennial through his soundtrack ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part I

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The 2020 edition of the Winter JazzFest has just begun. This week we feature music by some of the most interesting bands from out of town who will be at the JazzFest, and new or unreleased material that will be on display on the stages of the JazzFest. Of special interest yet-unreleased material by Ted Poor, ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...


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