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JAZZY VIBES (article first published : 2000-07-15)

Jazzy Vibes is the second venture between the Sheer Sound Record label and the P4 radio station following P4 Smooth Jazz released in 1997. “This album presents a slightly different style to the first, with an increase in vocal content thus more in line with P4’s all new tweaked format,” says one of the compilers Rob Cowling. The aim is to present a selection of numbers representative of the music heard on P4, incorporating favourites as well as numbers from popular local and international stars. The CD marked the addition of the KZN station to the P4 network.

Jazzy Vibes offers cool sophistication such as Marion Meadows’ Another Side of Midnight or Everette Harp tinkling the keyboard with his own composition I Just Can’t Stop Thinking About You.

KZN’s well-known bass guitarist Sipho Gumede performs the evocative and haunting Alone in a Strange Place which eventually involves the keyboard and sax. Stevie Wonder’s lyrical and gentle ES Una Historia with its sighing sounds is performed by Najee.

It’s all good late night stuff for easy listening with lazily infectious beats and some smooth vocals. There’s the unmistakable toe-tapping Soulful Strut by Grover Washington Jnr, moving to Jazzmasters 3’s Insistent and mesmeric bass rhythm in Don’t Let it Get You Down.

The incomparable Shakatak presents Sleepin’ Along; from Philip Bailey there’s Something, and Dionne Warwick brings her matchless interpretation to Walk on By. Also providing easy listening are Gerald Peasley’s Optimistic and Errol Dyers’ Sugar Shake.

McCoy Mrubata’s lively Phosa Ngasemoa has a distinctive interrupting three chord pattern. The same kind of chord pattern is featured in Sheer All Stars’ Langery although in this number it tends to go into overkill and become monotonous.

A nice CD to curl up with. Or spend some quality time with in the company of good friends or someone special.




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