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Live at Montreaux Festival
African Jazz Pioneers
Live at Montreaux Festival
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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The African Jazz pioneers are to South African Jazz what the Skatalites are to Jamaican ska--not so much a revival of a popular style, but a joyous continuation of one. These guys are the originals and as this live recordi...  more »

      

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All Artists: African Jazz Pioneers
Title: Live at Montreaux Festival
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Intuition
Release Date: 4/2/1996
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Africa, Jazz Fusion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 750447309920

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The African Jazz pioneers are to South African Jazz what the Skatalites are to Jamaican ska--not so much a revival of a popular style, but a joyous continuation of one. These guys are the originals and as this live recording attests, they are as energetic, innovative, and swinging as ever. They bring to life old classics like "Skokiaan," a South African tune made into an American hit by Louis Armstrong in the mid-1950s. They breathe fire into Hugh Masekela's "Dark City" and Zacks Nkosis's "Hellfire," and they include plenty of jumping new compositions as well. A standout is the tune Kofifi which is dedicated to the memory of Sophiatown, the township that was the birthplace to much of South Africa's Jazz and modern cultural history. The town was torn down during the Apartheid era, but as is apparent from this release, the music refused to die. This CD features excellent ensemble playing throughout, plenty of great solos, terrific horn and sax arrangements, and outstanding guitar work. This impeccable recording puts you in the audience to experience the excitement of the African Jazz Pioneers, Live! --Jeff Grubb

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04/24/2000
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"This band is wonderful. An essential CD. Not a bad cut on the album."