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RICK BRAUN AROUND THE HORN

Smooth jazz is lit­tered with sax­o­phon­ists, but it’s hard to find de­cent trum­peters. Rick Braun, how­ever, is one of the most imag­i­na­tive play­ers around – and he’s a great pro­ducer too.

On Around the Horn he col­lab­o­rates with gospel singer John Stod­dard who co-pro­duced five songs. The open­ing track, So Strong, has house in­flu­ences and is likely to get a thumbs-up from club fiends. – MPHO TSHIKHUDO

KABOMO UN­APOLO­GETIC

He was well on his way to be­com­ing the poster boy for lo­cal neo-soul, then he recorded his new dou­ble al­bum Un­apolo­getic, and it’s a far cry from his pre­vi­ous projects.

The first part, The Hip-Hop Al­bum, has so many col­lab­o­ra­tions that Kabomo sounds like a guest artist. But the sec­ond part, The House Al­bum, has tracks that could be in­stant ra­dio hits. - MPHO TSHIKHUDO

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