British Alto Saxophonist / Rapper Soweto Kinch's Dune Records Release Conversations With The Unseen" #5 In Amazon.com (US) Editor's Picks For Top-10 Jazz CDs of 2004
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5. Conversations With the Unseen by SOWETO KINCH (DuneCD08) In the '50s and '60s, Jamaican-born Joe Harriott was the face of Black jazz in Britain, followed by Courtney Pine in the '80s. In 2004, alto saxophonist/rapper Soweto Kinch is the man at the helm. A member of the trailblazing ensemble Jazz Jamaica All Stars, the award-winning Kinch leads a supple and swinging combo through a pleasing and propulsive program that combines straight-ahead jazz with hip-hop, spoken word, and Caribbean elements. Tunes like the Latin-tinged Doxology," Snakehips," and the Trane-ish Equiano's Tears"--dedicated to the 18th century British ex-slave Olaudah Equiano--show that Kinch knows the tradition, from Charlie Parker to Greg Osby. But he also kicks it as a lyricist, as evidenced on the Roots-like jams Intro," Outro," Intermission - Split Decision," and Good Nyooz," where Eska Mtungwazi's boppish vocals steal the show. God save the swing! -- Eugene Holley, Jr.
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