Allou April - Bringing Joy
April is a child of Cape Town, South Africa. Listening to his music
one recognizes the jazz guitarist influenced by this typical music
find it important to project my personal passion through the music of
Cape Town, Africa and also the international jazz genre. The time is
ripe to share this music with the rest of the global community by
encouraging the meeting of different cultures which adds many more
dimensions to the world of music.”
Joy" is Allou April's debut album at Sheer Sound. The
first track and title song was produced by Allou April himself at
Akoustic Music Studios in Cape Town in November 2001. Obviously his
visit card to the entrance of Sheer Sound this tune has the original South African flavor like rhythm, choir and guitar riffs. The message
of this well tempered song arrives.
Vibe is more sophisticated, more jazzy enhanced. If I wouldn't
know that this album is from SA, I would guess Central or South American
music. Salsa rhythms combined with backing vocals. This dream of
Ipanema and Copa Cabana let you swing.
Skool fusion is right back on Allou's Groove.
Allou plays guitar riffs and solos, while Marcus Wyatt's is
improvising with his muted trumpet.
emotional stuff is Free Spirit. This is
the mood of the townships captured by Allou's guitar.
South African flava is to hear on
In My Life. For those which are
not familiar with this style, it sounds like Jonathan Butler's guitar
music. Tracks 2 - 9 were produced by Wessel
van Rensburg and co-produced by Allou April. Wessel's music was
introduced to USA by the collection-album "Smooth Africa".
More to read about Wessel's album at http://www.smooth-jazz.de/starportrait/Wessel/Sofine.htm.
are the African Voices? No vocals but an
approach to Pat Metheny's music. Allou accompanies his guitar play
with this remarkable PM-sing-sang. Andile Yena's piano play is superb
a romantic attitude Allou plays his guitar on Love
Theme For TK. This song is for enamoured couples.
to South African mood with Elegant Dance.
But on this track fusion breaks are interrupting the melody line.
Allou keeps the ballance between folkloristic melody and jazz.
time for contemplation with David's Way,
a slowtempo duett of piano and guitar.
10 - 12 were produced by David Campos and Allou April at Groovemachine
Studios, Johannesburg. Obviously another style: David Campos added
drum machine rhythms. A Woman's Heart is
less jazz and more pop oriented. Something for the US smooth jazz
Place Called Love is an awesome R&B song. Fortunately Allou
cannot resist to play solos even on this part. This tune has a strong
hit potential. After listening to this tune, I asked myself who is the
female singer TK? Don't forget: Allou had dedicated a love theme to
Jive is simply structured. I personally prefer some bridges or
My Imagination shows the possible difference. This tune has
more tension and changes. This tune was produced by Craig Roets.
April's debut album reveals a great talent and his unique music. The
album is a collection of the best material from compositions he has
been putting together for the past 10 years and I honestly believe he
has the potential for a lot more of good stuff.