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Bright Light A Joyous Celebration

Label: Discus Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: You Look Away; Many Sparrows; Disbelief; I've Had A Lot; Bright Light A Joyous Celebration.


Article: Album Review

Paul Dunmall: Bright Light A Joyous Celebration

Read "Bright Light A Joyous Celebration" reviewed by John Sharpe

While the opener suggests a blowing session from veteran British saxophonist Paul Dunmall, as good as that promises to be, the reality is better still. Joining him is a starry cast drawn from succeeding generations, with the addition of American drummer Hamid Drake. With the drummer touring in the UK. Dunmall took the opportunity to renew ...


When The Dust Settles

Label: New Soil
Released: 2023
Track listing: For Aziz; Anka Tulon; A Prayer For Our Parents; Bé Mankan; Red Oil/Beyond Kingdom Come; When The Dust Settles; There’s Nothing Left For Us Here; Suley’s Ablution; Golo Kan; Seasons Of Baraka.


Article: Live Review

Balimaya Project at Barbican Centre

Read "Balimaya Project at Barbican Centre" reviewed by Chris May

Balimaya Project Barbican Centre, Main Hall When The Dust Settles London October 17, 2023 Founded in 2019 by London-based djembe player Yahael Camara Onono, the eighteen-piece Balimaya Project is an all-male ensemble dedicated to celebrating its members' African musical heritages, which it approaches as evolving, future-facing entities. The band blends ...


Article: Album Review

Balimaya Project: When The Dust Settles

Read "When The Dust Settles" reviewed by Chris May

Formed in 2019 by London-based drummer and percussionist Yahael Camara Onono, the sixteen-piece Balimaya Project blends traditional West African Mandé music with modal jazz and other sounds out of modern Black London. The ensemble's closest comparator, albeit at some remove, is the veteran Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab who, in the 1980s, were hugely popular at home ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Xhosa Cole, Lakecia Benjamin, J.D.Hive, Jason Yaeger & More New Releases

Read "Xhosa Cole, Lakecia Benjamin, J.D.Hive, Jason Yaeger & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A playlist built around the work of impressive emerging saxophonists (Lakecia Benjamin, Xhosa Cole, Jason Marshall, and Alex Hitchcock), and guitarists (Ant Law and David Doruzka). Together with a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, the reissue of an Acid Jazz classic, and much more, this is an hour of music that should keep you happy and full ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Doo-shima; C—L—A—V-E—; Andy's Shuffle; Jazz is About; Hear The; Dance of Ancestra; Masks-Rituals-Ancestors; Our Search For; Mark Skit #1; IG Live 20-04-2021; Native Tongues; CDC; Beat-9.wav; Double Displacement; Mark Skit #2; All Roads; AAC; Alhamdulilah; Ibeji.


Article: Album Review

Xhosa Cole: Ibeji

Read "Ibeji" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Few places on the global jazz scene are enjoying the enthusiastic resurgence of the genre more than the UK. Names that are becoming more familiar—Binker Golding, Nubya Garcia, Idris Rahman, Shabaka Hutchings and others—have triggered something of a youth movement. Emerging in that group is yet another top-notch saxophonist, Xhosa Cole. Cole's sophomore release, Ibeji is ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nala Sinephro, John Zorn, Bugpowder, Xhosa Cole & More New Releases

Read "Nala Sinephro, John Zorn, Bugpowder, Xhosa Cole & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Highlights from the European jazz scene plus a special focus on Ornette Coleman's direct and indirect inspiration of many contemporary musicians and on highly personal debut albums. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme" 0:00 Theorem of Joy “Atoll" L'hiver (Déluge) 0:16 Host talks 6:16 Mario Rom's Interzone “What You Say?" Eternal ...


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