African Jazz Pioneers

African Jazz Pioneers [Castle]

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

A South African jazz ensemble founded in the 1980s by tenor sax player Bra Ntemi Piliso, the African Jazz Pioneers blend American big-band jazz with traditional majuba rhythms to create an exuberant variant of township jazz. This set is a perfect example of the group's joyous and elegant energy and these eight tracks seamlessly flow with uncommon brightness. Highlights, although pretty much everything here is of a piece, include the spunky "Hellfire," the bouncing and flowing "Mzabalazo," and the winking but stately "Riverside Special."

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