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Friday October 18, 2013

From Blitz Magazine

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME (NEW RELEASES)
By: Michael McDowell

A TRIBUTELIVE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER – Sweet Honey In The Rock (Appleseed)
Over the past several decades, tribute projects have become somewhat commonplace in the world of music. Artists as diverse as Keith Whitley, John Coltrane, the Monkees and Little Willie John have been the subject of such projects, with the results often being faithful renditions of their best loved material by those who counted them among their major inspirations.

As such, for a given artist to undertake such an endeavor without deferring solely to convention, a modicum of original thought is definitely in order. In the case of A Tribute – Live Jazz At Lincoln Center, the veteran vocal group, Sweet Honey In The Rock (whose current lineup includes Ysaye Barnwell, Aisha Kahill, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Mallard and sign language interpreter Shirley Childress) has done just that, by saluting not just one artist, but three of the most original artists of the twentieth century: folk rock pioneer Odetta Holmes, beloved composer, visionary and Prospect Township, Johannesburg native Zenzile Miriam Makeba, and jazz pianist Eunice Kathleen “Nina Simone” Waymon.

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