SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS — Wisdom of Elders

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Album · 2016

Tracklist

1 Mzwandile 13:33
2 Joyous 6:40
3 The Observer 9:04
4 The Sea 11:50
5 Natty 9:59
6 Give Thanks 8:12
7 Nguni 9:30

Japanese edition(Beat Records ‎– BRC-529,2016) track list:
1 Mzwandile 13:31
2 Joyous 6:38
3 The Observer 9:02
4 The Sea 11:48
5 The Observed 1:43
6 Natty 9:57
7 OBS 5:14
8 Give Thanks 8:09
9 Nguni 9:29

Line-up/Musicians

Shabaka Hutchings - Tenor Sax
Mthunzi Mvubu - Alto Sax
Mandla Mlangeni - Trumpet
Siyabonga Mthembu - Vocals
Nduduzo Makhathini - Rhodes, Piano
Ariel Zomonsky - Bass
Gontse Makhene - Percussion
Tumi Mogorosi - Drums

About this release

Brownswood Recordings ‎– BWOOD0155CD (UK)

Recorded At Sumo Sounds Studio, Johannesburg

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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"Wisdom Of Elders" has been recorded by London's new jazz scenes' leading figure reedist Shabaka Hutchings in one day without rehearsals in Johannesburg, South Africa with leading domestic musicians (stated as Ancestors).

As with Hutching's other projects, music here sounds not nostalgic but very modern. Oppositely different from over-exploited Afro-beat, "African" part of the program comes from what some decades ago was known as "Cape jazz" - relaxed soulful melodic songs well known from Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) music. Half-a-century ago this music reached to England with a wave of South African jazz musicians, running from apartheid(Louis Moholo, Johnny Dyani,etc) and was adapted as part of British avant-garde jazz of the time.

Other significant element of album's music comes from Shabaka's Caribbean background. It's really impressive how organically both parts fit producing beautiful mix of blues, calypso, spiritual jazz and elegant Cape jazz rhythms.

Released three years ago "Wisdom Of Elders" is another cornerstone of burgeoning London's young jazz scene.

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