Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248029627
  • Catalog Number: 296
  • Sales rank: 12,538

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Mer - Chantal Chamberland (3:50)
  2. 2 Quiéreme Mucho - Niuver (4:05)
  3. 3 Donalina - Blick Bassy (4:11)
  4. 4 Chan Chan - Kora Jazz Trio (4:44)
  5. 5 Young and Naïve - Heather Rigdon (2:49)
  6. 6 J'Aime Mon Lit - Kad (3:21)
  7. 7 Polka Dot Bles - Sherele (2:20)
  8. 8 Te Reo O Papatuanuku - Kataraina Pipi (2:10)
  9. 9 Summertime at Bamako - Bamada (3:29)
  10. 10 Destinos - Asere (6:10)
  11. 11 Open the Door - Malaika (5:10)
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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
Elliott Federman Mastering
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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