SHEER ALL STARS

African Fusion • South Africa
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The Sheer All Stars belong on that short list of contemporary jazz bands (along with the Pat Metheny Group, the Yellowjackets, and Bela Fleck and Flecktones) whose music is both accessible and sophisticated, a rare combination in pop-jazz.

The All Stars are a jazz supergroup comprised of musicians who record for Sheer Sound, a prominent South African label. Its members are five of South Africa's most popular jazzmen: pianist Paul Hanmer, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, guitarist Errol Dyers, bassist Sipho Gumede, and drummer Frank Pako. Each is a bandleader in his own right.

The Stars have recorded just two CDs, one in the studio and one live. To categorize their music for Americans, it falls somewhere between the Yellowjackets’ clever pop-bop, Spyro Gyra’s catchy pop-tropical fare, and Joe Sample's piano funk. The All Stars integrate a Western feel for improvisation with summery South African rhythms and melodies. The band has a
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Indibano
African Fusion 1999
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Dance with Me
African Fusion 2002

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Live @ the Blues Room
African Fusion 2001

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