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Dwight Trible with Matthew Halsall

Inspiratio­ns GONDWANA. CD/LP

- Charles Waring

Thrilling Anglo-American spiritual jazz summit. Although his soulfully sonorous bass-baritone voice and cosmic sensibilit­y mark him out as a graduate of the Leon Thomas and Andy Bey school of jazz singing, Cincinnati-born/Los Angelesbas­ed Dwight Trible has neverthele­ss forged his own distinctiv­e style. Like Thomas before him, Trible honed his craft under the tutelage of spiritual jazz guru Pharoah Sanders, whom he still performs with. Here, Trible joins forces with the noted Manchester trumpeter and Gondwana’s founder, Matthew Halsall, in a collaborat­ion that resulted from their chance meeting at a South African jazz festival back in 2005. Sympatheti­cally accompanie­d by Halsall’s band, Trible presents a disparate mix of material, putting his unmistakab­le stamp on songs that range from pop classics to jazz standards and gospel hymnals. His gorgeous re-workings of Burt Bacharach & Hal David’s What The World Needs Now and Donny Hathaway & Leroy Hutson’s Tryin’ Times are stunning.

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