From its inspired opener: Vietnam veteran Billy Bang’s visceral New York social commentary ‘Illustration’ whose Watts Prophets inspired spoken word vocal is (sadly) as relevant today as it was in 1978; through to the album’s closer, a touching African township ballad titled ‘ITwenty-Five’, ‘World Jazz Grooves’ takes the road less travelled to provide a jaw-dropping journey through world jazz culture.
As Jean-Claude and Victor put it: “Jazz will always have its appeal: though influenced, jazz does not need to be dictated by trends. It has been experimented with by (almost) every population on the planet. It is its diversity, the fusing of various elements of different folklores, that allows jazz to constantly evolve and maintain its relevance.”
1 Billy Bang’s Survival Ensemble – Illustration
2 Michel Sardaby – Martinica
3 Kafé – Fonetik A Velo
4 The Theo Loevendie Consort – Timbuktu
5 The Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs – Ismaa**
6 Armand Lemal – Souffle (Part II)
7 Masabumi Kikuchi – Pumu #1**
8 Joe Malinga & Southern African Force - IT Twenty Five
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