Category: Album Reviews – Archive

October 27, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE BALANCE (Gearbox/Planet) 8/10 The journey continues. It began in South Africa, where Abdullah Ibrahim (then Dollar Brand) participated in the country’s first jazz album by black musicians. But the tyranny of apartheid drove him away, ultimately to the US, where Duke Ellington championed the pianist. In the 1970s he…

October 17, 2019 / Album Reviews

COUSIN FROM ANOTHER PLANET (Ropeadope) 7/10 Music, like story-telling, is partly the art of balancing the predictable and the unpredictable. You lead someone down the garden path, only to find a chasm, a mountain, a pot of gold, an axe-murderer or a lover. No one who masters funk is troubled…

October 14, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

SOUL AWAKENING (www.brandeeyounger.com) 8/10 You have to be equally committed and imaginative to even think about doing it. The harp first appeared in jazz in 1934 and, 85 years on, a complete collection of all jazz harp records will hardly clutter your shelves or hard-drive, it being a challenge to…