Artie Zaitz and Mark Kavuma, Back to Back, Banger Factory Records ****

An unusual album given that guitarist Artie Zaitz and trumpeter Mark Kavuma choose instead to put a 1961 Hammond C-3 Organ and a 1971 Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano as the backbone of their rapport although Kavuma does provide some beautiful trumpet …

Published: 12 Apr 2022. Updated: 7 months.

An unusual album given that guitarist Artie Zaitz and trumpeter Mark Kavuma choose instead to put a 1961 Hammond C-3 Organ and a 1971 Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano as the backbone of their rapport although Kavuma does provide some beautiful trumpet on 'Mia's Waltz'. There's real empathy between the two, nice support from drummer William Cleasby and above all a warm, retro feeling throughout that manifests itself on the attractive 'Church' and an atmospheric 'Round Midnight'. Released last month it slipped out quietly. A gem nonetheless that is worth seeking out, catching up on right away, and spending a lot of quality time with post-haste.

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Nduduzo Makhathini, 'Senze’Nina,' Blue Note Africa ****

Track of the day is the formidable spiritual sound of pianist composer Nduduzo Makhathini on 'Senze’Nina' from new Blue Note Africa release In the Spirit of Ntu. Makhathini says: “‘Senze’Nina’ is a meditation on renewal… and could be read as a …

Published: 11 Apr 2022. Updated: 7 months.

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Track of the day is the formidable spiritual sound of pianist composer Nduduzo Makhathini on 'Senze’Nina' from new Blue Note Africa release In the Spirit of Ntu. Makhathini says: “‘Senze’Nina’ is a meditation on renewal… and could be read as a plea. The theme was born inside of the recent incidents of gender-based violence and witnessing our sisters, daughters, and mothers asking themselves the question: ‘senzenina?’ As I meditated on this question, I realized a different meaning. I read the word as a kind of hyphenated word with the first part ‘senze’ (make/recreate us) and the second part ‘nina’ (referring to mothers, the makers and carriers). In this sense, I’m putting forward an argument that it is us (men) that need to be recreated, there is a part of us that has died for us to cause so much harm. Thus, we need to go back to our essence (Ntu), the womb of a mother and be recreated.”