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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Album review: Ojoyo - Ojoyo Plays Safrojazz

Yesterday Hebburn Town won the FA Vase, so it seemed like more than coincidence that the opening track on this album, which arrived today, should be called Station Road Strut - Station Road being one of the main streets in Hebburn. That this particular Station Road is actually in Cape Town and was originally recorded in 1996 doesn't make it any less of a coincidence!

The title, Safrojazz gives a fair indication of what it's all about - Township jazz, merged with its American counterpart, at its best. South African born Goldberg, in fact, had a long association with the legendary Hugh Masekela and he shines, not only on alto but on penny whistle. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't play jazz on a whistle - just let them listen to Goldberg.

Chris Botti too is a revelation. Not the cool, easy listening, player he's often pigeonholed as but a fiery trumpet player who you wouldn't want to lock horns with on a jam session. Likewise Tenconi who blows some searing tenor on Sophiatown Society.

It's an album that's ideal for listening or dancing. Such hypnotic rhythms that I found it difficult to keep still - I guarantee you too will be shaking your booty!     
Lance

Available May 28  on Sunnyside Records (samples shortly).

Station Road Strut; Forward Motion; Harare; Madagascar; Dolphin Jive; Little Song; Cape Doctor; Rockwela; Sophiatown Society.

Tracks 1 - 7: Morris Goldberg (alto sax/penny whistle); Anton Fig (drums); Bakithi Kumalo (bass); Chris Botti (trumpet); Cyro Baptisto (perc.); Tony Cedras (keys) + Dan Carillo (guitar tks 1,2); Kofo (talking drum - tk 1.) 

Tracks 8 - 9: Morris Goldberg (alto, sax/penny whistle); Anton Fig (drums); Chulo Gatewood (bass); Diego Urcola (trumpet); Cyro Baptisto (perc.); Richard Cummings (keys); Cecilia Tenconi (tenor sax); John Guth (guitar).

4 comments :

Patti Durham (on F/b) said...

As an aside from shaking my booty to this, I’d also like to say how interesting the cover artwork is!

Lance said...

Graphic design by Christopher Drukker.

Ann Alex said...

As a penny whistle player, I've always contended that you can play jazz on it. I may even turn up at a jam session with my whistle, when venues open again! Just don't encourage me, or I might even bring the bodhran and ukulele as well!

Russell said...

Don't worry Ann, I won't give you any encouragement...

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