Nostalgia 77, Dakar, Jazzman ***1/2

Great flute particularly here from Gareth Lockrane as Tim Giles chops out an African percussive cross-rhythm pattern - Lockrane also formidable this year on the James Taylor Quartet's storming Man in the Hot Seat - on a sparkling version of Chris …

Published: 23 Nov 2022. Updated: 2 months.

Great flute particularly here from Gareth Lockrane as Tim Giles chops out an African percussive cross-rhythm pattern - Lockrane also formidable this year on the James Taylor Quartet's storming Man in the Hot Seat - on a sparkling version of Chris McGregor's 'Dakar' the mellifluous energy-laden opening track from The Loneliest Flower in the Village (the name riffing, going superlative in the wordplay, on a Johnny Dyani composition).

The Jazzman release is new in January from producer Ben Lamdin's long running cult deep scene outfit Nostalgia 77 with a strong South African theme figuring stylistically - the aforementioned erstwhile Hungry Ant Giles is on drums, James Allsopp tenor saxophone, Ross Stanley piano, Alex Bonney trumpet, Riaan Vosloo - bass.

The Loneliest Flower in the Village includes Vosloo and Allsopp originals plus a take on Abdullah Ibrahim classic, 'Ishmael.'

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Lucía Gutiérrez Rebolloso wins the Sassy

The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition winner this year has been announced as Mexican singer Lucía Gutiérrez Rebolloso who takes home the Sassy and a $5,000 top prize. Second was Washington DC singer Ekep Nkwelle. Allan Harris was …

Published: 23 Nov 2022. Updated: 2 months.

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The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition winner this year has been announced as Mexican singer Lucía Gutiérrez Rebolloso who takes home the Sassy and a $5,000 top prize.

Second was Washington DC singer Ekep Nkwelle. Allan Harris was third.

Judges at the competition held in Newark's New Jersey Performing Arts Center were Maria Schneider, Regina Carter, T.S. Monk, Christian McBride and radio station WBGO’s Pat Prescott. Lucía Gutiérrez Rebolloso, top. Photo: publicity shot