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Sam Newsome & Global Unity
Sam Newsome
Sam Newsome & Global Unity
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Better known as possessor of a brawny tenor sax sound that has graced several freelance situations and most notably the bandstand of Terence Blanchard, Sam Newsome sticks with the soprano on his new group's debut. The stra...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sam Newsome
Title: Sam Newsome & Global Unity
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Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 2/9/1999
Release Date: 2/9/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646974421, 5099706974420

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Better known as possessor of a brawny tenor sax sound that has graced several freelance situations and most notably the bandstand of Terence Blanchard, Sam Newsome sticks with the soprano on his new group's debut. The straight horn does indeed serve the music of Global Unity, quite well. The focus here is on ethnic elements from diverse cultures, notably the Middle and Far East. In addition to Newsome's insistent, low-boiling soprano, his group's core includes vocalist Elizabeth Kontomanou, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, Amos Hoffman on oud, and percussionist Gilad. Global Unity achieve an organic, spare soundscape that is reminiscent of percussionist Leon Parker's exploits, though Newsome spans the globe a bit wider. So it's little surprise that among Sam's guests are Parker and his percussionist Natalie Cushman, not to mention bassist Okegwo, a frequent Parker collaborator. An auspicious debut, this recording widens jazz's focus successfully. --Willard Jenkins

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Excellent contribution to the world jazz subgenre
LGwriter | Astoria, N.Y. United States | 11/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"On his first album as a leader, Sam Newsome does a great job of blending African and Middle Eastern elements into a jazz mix that sings and throbs. It's a rhythmic and melodic pleasure to listen to the tunes here, which are diverse and captivating. He does a unique cover of Ellington's Caravan, creates a version of Mongo Santamaria's AfroBlue that emphasizes the "Afro", a beautiful rendition of the gospel song Go Down Moses, and the best Crystal Silence, by Chick Corea, I've ever heard after the original.The other tunes were written by Sam (soprano sax), who's complemented here by a vocalist and players on oud, bass, and world percussion (dumbek, ghatam, and congas). There's a great, long tune, A Swedish Massage in a Turkish Bath, that lets the musicians stretch out--without one false note.A worthy addition to your world jazz library."