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There are times when your soul needs feeding a little jazz version, something that reflects your need for tranquillity and “me time” (you know, when you need a little comfort food).
Pianist Mike Wofford is the man to deliver just what is necessary. He won’t mind my saying that he has been around the block a few times, having appeared on more than 200 recordings as a sideman.
This man has such a gentle touch and is “at one” with his music. There are 12 tracks on his It’s Personal album including: Once in a Lifetime, The Eighth Veil and one that strikes a chord with me, Hines Catch-up.
It was in 1975 that I sat in awe listening and watching Earl Hines perform with a trio in the Rainbow Grillroom.
He later joined our table and promised he would visit South Africa (at that time we were the polecat nation of the world) on one condition – he would come to South Africa only if Muddy Waters could join him.
Sadly, both men died in 1983, never to perform on this southern tip of Africa. Wofford has captured the Hines spirit in his composition. If you visit http://caprirecords.com/artists/mike-wofford, you can listen to the tracks and purchase the CD.
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2013
The competition today is sponsored by Sheer Sound, who are offering five of The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz CDs for this year featuring some of the artists who performed, including: Tsuyoshi Yam amoto It Could happen To You, Abdullah Ibrahim Prelude to a Kiss, Lenore Raphael Blues for OP (Lenore’s famous tribute to Oscar Peterson), Adam Glasser Blues for Zim and Carmen Lundy Too Late for Love.
There are 14 tracks that were performed at the festival, so if you did not make it to Newtown in Joburg or you did and need a record (no pun intended), this album is for you.
The CD is widely available from most decent music stores.
Competition: To which famous jazz pianist does Lenore Raphael pay tribute?
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