CD: Best of both worlds - Kunle Ayo

By Drum Digital
07 October 2011

Rating: 3/5

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This Nigerian-born, South African-based jazz guitarist has dispensed with his usual puritan work ethic to turn in an album devoid of esoteric jazz clichés.

He’s got the chops alright but not in a purist, ‘I’m-gonna-improvise-my-butt-off’ sort of way.

That means he’s less indulgent and more pragmatic, which in turn should mean that a whole lot of people, from devoted fans to excitable newbies, are really going to dig this album in a big way.

Production highlights include Simunye, Sthandwa and the pithy Let’s Celebrate.

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