Several apparently disconnected influences coalesce on Why Stop Now … Ubuntu, tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin’s 12th album as a leader. First there is the concept of Ubuntu, an African word meaning human kindness at its simplest, but an idea that extends much deeper into the social fabric of several African cultures to signify a universal oneness. Then there is Coltrane, to whom Pedicin is indebted unabashedly. Two Coltrane compositions, “Tunji” and “Song of the Underground Railroad,” plus Pedicin’s own “Trane Stop,” are on the playlist. Finally there is Newtown. Guitarist Johnnie Valentino’s composition of that title honors the victims of the Connecticut tragedy and ties into the Ubuntu theme of solidarity.
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