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Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World
     

Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World

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Jazz may have been born in the United States, but it didn't take long for it to find its way to every corner of the globe, and for remarkable artists to emanate from dozens of other nations. Too bad they're not here, on Putumayo's well-intentioned but ultimately disappointing collection. Jazz Around the World can't hope to be the definitive statement on

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Jazz may have been born in the United States, but it didn't take long for it to find its way to every corner of the globe, and for remarkable artists to emanate from dozens of other nations. Too bad they're not here, on Putumayo's well-intentioned but ultimately disappointing collection. Jazz Around the World can't hope to be the definitive statement on contemporary international jazz at only 11 tracks, and it doesn't cover nearly enough geography (no Asian artists are represented). More to the point, though, its idea of jazz is a music that never quite swings, has never heard of bop or anything since, and aims more at the dinner-music set than serious jazz fans. Africa claims four of the 11 tracks collected here, among them "Open the Door," by the CD's most prominent artist, Hugh Masekela. Teaming up with vocalist Malaika, Masekela slips into an easy funk groove, and while his trumpet solo never really catches fire, it's a strong and sensual one. The Kora Jazz Trio combines that exquisite stringed instrument with piano and drums on the Cuban-derived melody "Chan-Chan," and Mali's Kélétigui Diabaté utilizes the balafon on an appropriately warm and lazy take on George Gershwin's "Summertime." Nice enough, but hundreds of jazz artists have given it more life. Another standard opens the set: "La Mer," better known to Westerners as "Beyond the Sea," is given a breathy, late-night, innocuous reading by Canada's Chantal Chamberland. Mexico, never a hotbed of jazz, is the source of the Django Reinhardt-esque "Polka Dot Blues" by Sherele, and legendary American drummer Billy Cobham is rather restrained on his collaboration with the Cuban son group Asere on "Destino." New Zealand, too, earns an entry, but Kataraina Pipi's "Te Reo o Papatuanuku" barely registers as jazz, devoid of improvisational spark. That, in fact, sums up the set's problem: Jazz Around the World never reaches down into smooth jazz territory, but neither does it ever make us understand why these tracks might have something to contribute to the ongoing conversation that is jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248029627
catalogNumber:
296

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugh Masekela   Flugelhorn,Vocals
Djeli Moussa Diawara   Kora
Billy Cobham   Drums
Kélétigui Diabaté   Balafon
Dave Francis   Bass
Francis Fuster   Percussion
Valery Lobe   Percussion,Cajon
Guy N'Sangue   Bass
Rob Piltch   Guitar
Abdoulaye Diabate   Piano
Habib Koité   Guitar
Sekou Kouyate   Kora
Tlale Makhene   Percussion
Sello Montwedi   Drums
Jean-Louis Solans   Acoustic Guitar
Lucas Senyatso   Bass
Souleymane Ann   Drums,Calebasse
Boubacar Sidibe   Guitar,Harmonica
Catherine Marx   Piano
Mahamadou Koné   Percussion
Chantal Chamberland   Vocals
Kataraina Pipi   Vocals
Heather Rigdon   Vocals
Haruna Samake   Kamalngoni
Robi Botos Trio   Piano
Blick Bassy   Guitar,Percussion
Jim White   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hugh Masekela   Composer
Tom Kimmel   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer,Song Selection
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations,Cover Art
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Albert Lasry   Composer
Jacob Edgar   Liner Notes
Cliff Goldmacher   Composer
Bongani Nchang   Composer
Francisco Repilado   Composer
Michel Padron   Composer
Kataraina Pipi   Composer
Heather Rigdon   Composer
Blick Bassy   Composer

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Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Pink Martini, you will love this. Soulful sounds that make you feel good.