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Review: “Bujo” Kevin Jones – Tenth World

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Fusing Jazz with African, Latin and Carribean rythms “Bujo” Kevin Jones and the Tenth World ensemble’s new album Tenth World is nothing short of a musical delicacy.

 

 The album delivers a rich, and vibrant collection of all original compositions, with the exception of an etherial take on Victor Feldman’s classic for the Miles Davis Quintet, “Seven Steps To Heaven”.

 

According to band leader Kevin Jones, Tenth World’s goal is to not only entertain and uplift its audience, but to broaden the realm of jazz by integrating it with the many different evolutions of African rythm and sound. By blending the familiar, with the unfamiliar their music crosses multicultural and musical divides.

 

“Our overall goal is to bring Jazz to the masses. We have the firm belief that the pulse of African and Neo African music needs more exposure in the world of Jazz. If Jazz is a true reflection of American society, it is not represented well enough in the music. Our country is truly a melting pot of varied ethnic, religious and racial groups. In order to have an impact on those people you must give them something to relate to. I feel that the music of Tenth World is working toward that end. Given the chance, we are hopeful that we can create a world that is more compassionate, loving, tolerant and hopeful through music.” – Kevin Jones

 

Jones, an accomplished percussionist, has an impressive resume, performing around the world with the likes of  Whitney Houston, The Isley Brothers, Jermaine Jackson, Archie Shepp, Charles McPherson, Winard Harper and Ray Copeland. More recently, Jones has focused on his Jazz, Traditional African and Neo-African musical roots, playing with Talib Kibwe, Winard Harper, Babatunde Lea, James Weidman and Clifford Adams, and playing traditional African music with Malaki Ma Congo Drum and Dance Ensemble.

 

Adding their own flavors to Tenth World’s eclectic sound are:

 

Kelvin Sholar – PIANO

 

Kelvin Sholar is one of the most versatile musicians in this multi-talented
group. He has worked with Lenny White, Greg Osby, Ron Carter, Carmen Lundy, Sonny Rollins and The Fort Apache Band. Kevin covers the full spectrum of jazz, world music, r&b, salsa, and hip-hop. Among his latest projects is producing hip-hop artist and poet Q-tip. Sholar is the founder of Kasmavtsu Music, and is the leader of his own band, Esoterica.

 

Jaimeo Brown  – DRUMS, PERCUSSION

 

Jaimeo Brown is one of the most talented drummers to come out of the San Francisco Bay area. He’s played alongside Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Rufus Reid, and The Mingus Big Band. Frequently compared to Jack DeJohnette and Tony William, Jaimeo is also a member of Esoterica.

 

Brian Horton  – SAX & FLUTE

 

Brian Horton has been called one of the “most creative young saxophone
players” to come out of the Big Apple. A recent Masters graduate of the Jazz Program at Queens College in New York, Horton is currently featured with the Winard Harper Sextet. Brian has also released several cds with his own band, Gritty.

 

George Makinto – FLUTE, PIANO, AFRICAN PERCUSSION

 

Originally from Liberia, George Makinto is an extraordinary musician who has expanded the boundaries of African music for many years. He’s collaborated with many African bands, and was musical director for Miriam Makeba and Manu Dibango. In the U.S, he has worked with Talib Kibwe and Kirk Whalum. George also led his own group, African Soul, while living in Paris, recording the very successful CD, An African In Paris.


Kevin Louis -TRUMPET

 

Kevin Louis is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and also received a Masters of Arts from The Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College in New York. He’s shared the stage with Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Carmen Lundy, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz, Will Calhoun, Mos Def, and many more. Kevin is currently a Kennedy Center U.S. Department of State Jazz Ambassador, and recently returned from a tour of ten African countries.

 

Luisito Quintero – TIMBALES, PERCUSSION, DRUMS

 

Luisito Quintero is a world class ‘timbalero,’ as well as an extraordinary
percussionist and drummer. The Venezuelan-born Quintero has a sterling performance resume that ranges from the orchestras of La Critica and El Tambuco Venezolano, to Tito Puente Marc Anthony, Eddie Palmieri and George Benson.

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