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Nduduzo Makhathini

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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

Album

In The Spirit Of Ntu

Label: Blue Note Africa
Released: 2022
Track listing: Unonkanyamba; Mama; Mathongo; Nyonini; Emlilweni; Amathambo; Abantwana Belanga; Omnyama; Senze’ Nina; Ntu.

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Nice,South of France July 15-19, 2022Deputy Mayor for Culture Robert Roux officially opened the Nice Jazz Festival 2022, together with artistic director Sebastien Vidal, who is also director of TSF jazz radio in France.Nduduzo Makhathini Quartet From the land of Zulu kings in South Africa, Nduduzo Makhathini ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini

Read "David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Excellent new keyboard releases highlight this edition of OMJ, ranging from musical neo-archaeologist David Virelles, George Burton, Argentina's Nicolás Chientaroli, South African Nduduzo Makhathini to the Italian trio Katharsis. Debuts from a couple of drummers are also featured--Anthony Fung and Swizerland's Florian Arbenz. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke's new Gravity Without Airs should be headed for much praise. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet

Read "Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


German pianist/alto player Joachim Kuhn arrived in Paris in the late '60s; that city was the epicenter of an explosion in free jazz, fueled by several musicians from America (many of them from the AACM) and a desire among European players to push their music forward. One concert that Kuhn played at in the fall of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Trombone Shorty, Chick Corea & Nduduzo Makhathini

Read "Trombone Shorty, Chick Corea & Nduduzo Makhathini" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 757th Episode of Neon Jazz with South African Blue Note Artist Nduduzo Makhathini with material off his new album In the Spirit of NTU. We continue with another South African jazz force, Dollar Brand, or better known as Abdullah Ibrahim. From there, we get into a New Orleans frame of mind with the ...

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Article: Album Review

Tumi Mogorosi: Group Theory: Black Music

Read "Group Theory: Black Music" reviewed by Chris May


In summer 2022, the portents suggest that South Africa, while not exactly the new London, is shaping up nicely to become another geo-cultural crucible for the reforging of jazz. Prominent among the signs is the formation of Blue Note's imprint Blue Note Africa, which launched in mid June with pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's highly recommended In The ...

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Article: Album Review

The Paxton / Spangler Septet: Ugqozi

Read "Ugqozi" reviewed by Chris May


Ugqozi is a celebration of modern, urban African music, especially that from South Africa, with which co-leaders trombonist John “Tbone" Paxton and percussionist RJ Spangler have been in love for decades. It is also an affirmation of the vibrant Detroit scene of which the multi-generational Paxton / Spangler Septet is a part. Actually, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere

Read "African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere" reviewed by David Brown


This week, South African jazz artists to African sounds in jazz, a vocal tangent, and finally, a Dizzy atmosphere. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Epistrophy (Theme)" from Live At The It Club (Complete) (Columbia) 00:15 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" from Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) 01:50 Nduduzo Makhathini “Amathongo" from In ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Blue Notes: Refugees From Race Hate

Read "The Blue Notes: Refugees From Race Hate" reviewed by Chris May


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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