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Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World
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While the homelands of the artists included on this disc range from New Zealand to Mexico to Cameroon to Canada the emphasis seems to be on African beats with Cuban/Mexican rhythms.
Hugh Masekela - who had hits in the US in the 1960s ("Grazin' in the Grass" hit #1 on the pop charts), he is now back in South Africa. US drummer Billy Cobham mixes his band with Cuban musicians. Katarina Pipi lives in New Zealand (not a country with an identifiable music style) but her Maori music echoes Hawaiian singing. And the oddest combination here is the band Sherele, a Klezmer band from Mexico.
There's no one here playing in the Traditional Jazz style and no one using bebop or, thank you Putumayo, "smooth jazz". The sole American singer is Heather Rigdon, an independent label artist. Masakela is probably the only easily recognizable name. But, then again, Putumayo wants to introduce listeners to artists that are new to them. They accomplish this with this album, with selections taken from 2004-2008 releases.
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I love every song! Perfect as a gift, to entertain at a party or just enjoy on a Sunday afternoon :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the variety! It gave me the opportunity to discover which of the many versions of jazz I tend to enjoy more than others and at which different times and occasions.Published 5 months ago by Savagiana
An excellent collection of international Jazz. I've heard many of these songs on Pandora (that's how discovered this CD) and this CD gets played a lot..Published 5 months ago by W. Barnett
Good tunes, a real "Sunday morning around the house" soundtrack for me. Can't recommend it highly enough.Published 10 months ago by M. Clark