For his 12th album as leader, Julian Argüelles collaborates with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band on thrilling new arrangements of powerful, vibrant compositions by South African artists, featuring Django Bates and Steve Argüelles.
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BEST ALBUMS 2015 TELEGRAPH
""The indomitably cheerful spirit of South African jazz is revived here...a musical explosion. In all, it’s a joy." Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 4 stars 6/5/15
"...the South African influence on European jazz is an abiding one, and this album is, to my ears, the finest tribute to that influence and those musicians I’ve ever heard." Peter Bacon, Jazz Breakfast, 30/4/15
"...he [Argüelles] perfectly embodies that spirit in a rich, sunshiny big band recording which is both thrilling and, at times, surprisingly moving. A great Summer groove!" Adrian S Pallant, online review, 28/4/15
"For those who know this music this is a wonderful series of reinventions; for any who don’t, a treat that is sure to inspire further exploration." London Jazz Blog, Jon Turney, 21/4/15
"Argüelles' joyous rearrangements... Enjoy, celebrate & dance...and never forget." 4 Star review, Jazzwise May 2015
"Indestructibly tuneful township jazz", 4 star review, The Guardian 30/3/15