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A rare treat (for me),
This review is from: Conversations with the Unseen (Audio CD)
First of all I have to say that I am fairly new to the world of jazz but after 20 years of listening to a variety of styles from punk to hip-hop to reggae, I thought it was high time I looked into it so if this review seems a little naive, that's because it probably is. As the old saying goes, I don't know much about jazz but I know what I like. And I really, really like this.
First encountered Soweto Kinch on a programme about WOMAD (I think) a year or so ago and bought the second album (B19) recently and more recently purchased Conversations.... The first thing that struck me about it is that as far as I can tell it was made when the artist was in his early-to-mid twenties but sounds like it was played by someone much, much older. My field of reference in jazz is pretty slim I'm afraid ( I have started my jazz oddyssey by buying some of the older CDs - Coltrane, Miles Davis) but Soweto Kinch shows a huge amount of talent and hopefully the promise of more to come.
Also saw Soweto Kinch at a woefully under-attended gig at B'ham Town Hall not so long ago and spent half the night wondering why the place wasn't packed to the rafters and the other half picking my jaw up off the floor. It made me wonder why I had spent so much money going to watch 4/4 indie bands and the like struggling to play quite simple compositions live.
I will certainly be buying SK's third album when it is released and I suggest you do the same.