Friday, November 13, 2009

Soweto Kinch: The UK Strikes Back

Soweto Kinch (saxophone, vocals)

Soweto Kinch is a young British alto sax player with hip hop influences. Resembling the Roots and Guru's Jazzmatazz in session with Sonny Rollins, Courtney Pine and Branford Marsalis, Soweto creates an atmosphere while not original it is definitely honest and heartwarming. Unlike most hip hop jazz hybrids Soweto manages to meld the two with great affect. It also helps that Soweto is a good lyricists. His two albums Conversations With The Unseen (Dune Records) and The Life in The Day of B19 (Dune Records) both explore the journey of a jazz musician in a hardcore urban environment.

Don't be put off by the hip hop tilted of these records, Soweto Kinch is a true jazz musician. He has laid the ground work for serious growth over his next few albums. Soweto Kinch is one of those artists to truly look out for in the future. If are a fan of groups like the Roots, Massive Attack, Jurassic Five and the fusion of jazz and hip hop than you should take a spin with Soweto Kinch and hear what the future of jazz can be.

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