This collection of jazz from the South Africa of the '50s and '60s will probably be a disappointment to those seeking a collection of township jazz, which is not saying that this isn't excellent. The fact is that, for the most part, this is pretty straight hard bop played by South Africans. A few big names appear here: Barney Rachabane, Chris McGregor & the Blue Notes, and Dollar Brand (performing a Duke Ellington tune), but most are not as well-known.
Hard Bop Post-Bop African Jazz World Fusion African Traditions Southern African. Archive Africa: From Jazz to Jive.
They represent artists both well-known and obscure. Chris MacGregor and the Blue Notes sail gleefully through "Dicks Pick," an up-tempo blues romp that features arranged horns and piano counterpoint. Alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana lends a brief solo before MacGregor takes the helm, and then it's back to the theme. This isn't the kind of bold adventurousness of their later efforts, but the group displays the sort of intuitive cohesion that would come to be their hallmark feature. As with any various artist collection, Archive Africa has its high points and its low points. For the most part, these are great tunes. As for the rest, it probably depends on your tastes.
This album features a slew of his early and extremely rare "jazz" recordings - but if the truth be told, the music is fairly repetitive and might not hold your attention long. I was into it for a while, but found the novelty didn't hold up. West Nkosi "Rhythm Of Healing" (Earthworks, 1992). Various Artists "ARCHIVE AFRICA: JAZZ, JIVE AND JIBE" (Afribeat, 2002) As with many of these vintage South African sets, it's hard to judge a book by its cover. This is particularly true as the terms "jazz" and "jive" are often used interchangeably (although usually just to mean straight-ahead jazz, which seems to be more popular, at least with the folks who put these kind of collections together.
Various – Archive Africa. Just South Africa In A Shining Time. Music Of The 50's And 60's. Compilation of South African jazz from the 1950s and 1960s. May have been released in 2002, but it says nothing on the CD itself.
Various Artists (38 Albums, 796 Tracks). 01. The Jerkon Five - Hand Jive (02:43). 02. Pk jazz Collective - Feel The Sorrow (Of Tomorrow) (04:29). 03. Lost Radiance - Far Away (10:43). Various Artists - Nenormalizm X Progolog. de. Unter den Linden - k1op (03:00). Yrrow - Strength and Grace of The Deer (02:01).
Various Artists - GI Jive Released 2006-05-29 on Past Perfect.
A new compilation called J-Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 portrays that extended decade in a country where, in the wake of post-World War II American occupation, the jazz community grew enormously. In particular, J-Jazz highlights independent releases never before issued outside Japan, mostly by artists who haven’t seen much international attention.
|2||Love for Sale Cole Porter||6:22|
|6||Dicks Pick||The Blue Notes||3:30|
|9||Prelude to a Kiss||Sathima Bea Benjamin / Dollar Brand||5:28|
|10||Pinise's Dance||Mackay Davashe / Jazz Dazzlers||4:56|
|13||I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha||The Rhythm Aces||2:56|
Performer: Various Artists
Title: Archive Africa: From Jazz to Jive
Style: Hard Bop,Post-Bop,African Jazz,World Fusion,African Traditions,Southern African
Size MP3: 1544 mb
Size FLAC: 1185 mb
Rating: 4.7 / 5
Other Formats: FLAC WAV AHX APE MMF MP4