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Soweto Kinch and Jazz Jamaica on Dune Records

Albums by saxophonist-rapper Soweto Kinch (pictured) and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars will be released in the U.S. by the British jazz label Dune Records on September 7. Dune was founded in 1996 by bassist and Jazz Warrior alumnus Gary Crosby, who leads the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, and his partner Janine Irons.

Kinch’s album, Conversations With the Unseen, came out in the UK and Europe in April 2003 and was hailed by the England’s Jazz Express as “one of the best and most original British jazz albums ever made.” The album’s music is a fusion of straightahead jazz with funky hip-hop and rap. Charlie Parker meets Q-Tip, if you can hear that in your head. The 26-year-old Kinch won the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards for Best Instrumentalist and Best Band. He’s often compared to the late Jamaican alto saxophonist Joe Harriott and is a member of Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

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