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5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails to please, 21 April 2010
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Seathorpe (Leicester UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: African Jazz Pioneers (Audio CD)
I have had this album for years and I keep playing it. This album is a slightly more modern reading of some of the South African jazz standards which were played in the 1950s and 60s. This first album by the Pioneers was led by Ntemi Piliso who was a veteran of South African township swing. Many of the tunes are by Isaac 'Zacks' Nkosi. It was recorded in Johannesburg in 1989 and the personnel is:

Fellow Madumo, Stompie Manana, Sam Tshabangu (tp) Jasper Cook (tb) Ntemi Piliso, Shep Ntsamai (as) Timothy Ndaba (ts) Madoda Gxabeka (keyboard) Nkaka Kumaio, Kay Manana (g) Bheki Buthelezei (b) Sipho Mtshali (d)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every record collection should have this one, 8 Dec 2001
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A. Wallace "daytonat595" (France) - See all my reviews
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Words cannot describe the sheer brilliance of this album. If you think that a bunch of old men can't get you up and dancing, this album will change that concept. Exceptional musicianship, dancing tunes and catching beats conspire to pull you with them until the last note. Buy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle African Jazz to warm the heart, 12 July 2009
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T. Eastwood (Guildford,U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Gentle African jazz, without being bland. If you like Africa, you will like this. If you like smooth , easy , natural, unpretentious jazz and even African world music, you will almost certainly enjoy this too. Dollar Brand ( Abdullah Ibrahim ) fans, don't even hesitate; Hugh Masekela fans too, dive right in,the water's fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars African Jazz Pioneers - stalwarts!, 21 Nov 2013
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Like Ry Cooder's Buena Vista Social Club, these guys I remember playing Joburg back in '84 or '85, when I first saw them. A bunch of veteran musicians who stuck together to do their thing, playing Jamesons and other "whites only" benues like the Sunnyside.

This is simple, lovely stuff...the sort of music you could kwela jive to or play to your maiden aunt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A standard, 19 Feb 2012
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I have had this album for a number of years and i continue to come back to it, great rhythms. Didn't know it was as popular as it is i bought it in an out of the way shop in Greenwich in the early 90's one of those gems that come along only now and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars African Jazz Pioneers, 26 Feb 2011
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This is the first time I have listened to the African Jazz Pioneers and I am enjoying it very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant playing from Joburg jazzers, 14 Jan 2011
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M. Shepherd (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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These guys played at the funeral of David Webster in 1989, an activist and academic, killed by the Afrikaaner regime, and their record is a beauty with lovely solos and ensemble playing. Their other recording,'Shufflin' Joe' on Gallo Records is also superb and worth chasing up for.
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