Manu Dibango tests positive for COVID-19

'Soul Makossa' African jazz icon Manu Dibango has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was announced on the Cameroonian saxophonist's Facebook page. A regular headliner at Ronnie Scott's over the years and an inspiration to such players as UK …

Published: 18 Mar 2020. Updated: 3 months.

'Soul Makossa' African jazz icon Manu Dibango has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was announced on the Cameroonian saxophonist's Facebook page.

A regular headliner at Ronnie Scott's over the years and an inspiration to such players as UK jazz icon Courtney Pine and rising star Alain Oyono, the saxophonist in Youssou N'Dour's band, the 86-year-old is resting as he recovers.

Photo of Manu Dibango: Wikipedia

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Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, Nels Cline, Music From The Early 21st Century, RareNoise

Some of the lead-off tracks from Music From The Early 21st Century were great. But listening to it all through however is a different, patchier, experience. While the album has some great moments I am not sure if it is altogether a satisfying …

Published: 18 Mar 2020. Updated: 3 months.

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Some of the lead-off tracks from Music From The Early 21st Century were great. But listening to it all through however is a different, patchier, experience. While the album has some great moments I am not sure if it is altogether a satisfying experience overall. Take the overall organ solo on 'The New Weird': yes it hooks you in but then what…?

Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline have combined to write all the music and maybe the tunes work better as a journey rather than prove capable of building up that ultimate sense of arrival.

All three are star leaders in their own right and yes certainly exude rapport on this prog/free organ-guitar-drums outing. But the trajectories of the tunes are often too loose and rambling.

Recorded live on a US tour last year in east coast places such as Quinn's in Beacon, New York state, described online as a ''low-key hangout with an old-timey vibe offering Japanese fare, craft beer & a lineup of live music'' it is also certainly authentic, again a plus.

Maybe I'm just being too picky about the overall experience. Still, there's a nagging feeling of wanting more here and not finding enough of it beyond a few tracks. I drifted off towards the end against my better instincts but nonetheless was not gripped enough to stick around. Being there might have been tons better. SG