Bokani Dyer, Radio Sechaba, Brownswood *****

South African pianist, fine singer, songwriter and producer Bokani Dyer impressed on the same issuing label Brownswood's Indaba Is a couple of years ago. Beginning with a kind of choral chant on 'Be Where You Are' imploring us not to fight with the …

Published: 12 May 2023. Updated: 12 months.

South African pianist, fine singer, songwriter and producer Bokani Dyer impressed on the same issuing label Brownswood's Indaba Is a couple of years ago. Beginning with a kind of choral chant on 'Be Where You Are' imploring us not to fight with the moment followed by the buoyant Rhodesy-trumpet mellifluousness - the horn line recalling Bra Hugh - on 'Mogaetsho' soars into a joyous swell of voice and blur of instruments, the sonics are very bright and beautifully captured.

'Move On' has a dancey elegance to it, with blinding bass work, chattering drumming and a fine vocal the lyrics advising acceptance and letting setbacks go. Damani Nkosi features on 'State of the Nation' with a speech like piece of spoken word wisdom the keyboard accompaniment diving into a minor key. 'Ke Nako' which was on Indaba Is features again.

Highlights - there are so many - include the incredibly soulful moving vocal from Yonela Mnana on 'Ho Tla Loka' (the title from the southern sotho language meaning 'It Will Be Alright'); then Dokani's own Gregory Porter-like and calibre vocal on the socially conscious 'Victims of Circumstance'; then too 'Amogelang' where the break out horns under the vocal add a period almost Dudu Pukwana-type feel; the beautiful 'You Are Home' where the horn sound recalls Freddie Hubbard and there is a lovely swung slow sense of time; and ultimately 'Medu' enters a very special space when the Abdullah Ibrahim universe is reached with a goose bumps inducing melody at the beginning. Dyer contributes so many facets of his musical personality here and the amalgam of American jazz and South African sounds is a winning fusion that does not sound at all forced together. Bokani Dyer, photo: Raees Hassan

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Gorgeous Pat Metheny piece 'Ole & Gard' streams and it's obviously an instant classic

Track of the week for the week beginning 15 May 2023: The kith and kin to One Quiet Night (2003) intimacy is written all over next month's Dream Box from the great Missourian Pat Metheny on what we have heard so far it's true. 'Ole & Gard' is …

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Track of the week for the week beginning 15 May 2023: The kith and kin to One Quiet Night (2003) intimacy is written all over next month's Dream Box from the great Missourian Pat Metheny on what we have heard so far it's true. 'Ole & Gard' is streaming today which is the second track so far from the album to be released on Modern/BMG following the initial 'From the Mountains' that started the ball rolling.

You can tell it's Metheny from about note 1. Gorgeous and up there with his all-time mellow classic Secret Story's 'Always and Forever' from three decades ago however much more lush that shimmering orchestrated track is, 'Ole & Gard' is a Pat tune, long term Metheny head and erstwhile Impossible Gentleman bassist Steve Rodby (who was also with Pat among the Secret Story personnel) is in on the production side involved with the mastering and mixing while sound engineer Pete Karam interleaves the multi-tracking of Pat's baritone and electric guitars on the ballad in such clean and communicative fashion. Do yourself a favour fellow Pat anorak stand in from the driving rain to the place where it's quietest and by now the faltering patter has become only like the most pleasurable lontano. Pull your hood down, get your earphones out, clip them in, zip up your coat nice and snug so nothing seeps in as the last drips descend from the rafters. Where were you when you first heard Pat Metheny, ask yourself. Imagine if you can entering a mind boggling dream consciousness in re. person I knew Bill Evans fashion when the person is another you unhearing all you already have to hear Metheny for the first time with new ears, your reaction today. Pat Metheny, photo: Modern