JAZZWISE MAGAZINE REVIEW

“Alone, I go faster; together, we go further.” runs the proverb emblazoned on the sleeve of African Time, a work whose slick production is buoyed by an extensive line-up that include the likes of keyboardist Oil Rockberger and the long underrated kora player to come from West African griot family and a woman finally coming into her own.

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Gwen Thomas
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

I would classify this music as soul-influenced, so perhaps it should have been reviewed by Steve T, whose long discussions with Lance about CDs and ‘vinyls’ I’ve enjoyed immensely. (I’m with you Steve, CD’s are the best invention since music itself*). This is happy party-style music, wise lyrics reflecting on life, with clapping, duets, short, snappy solos, fine playing.

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Gwen Thomas
GWEN & TIANA JAZZVIEWS REVIEW

The name of this pan-African duo, and the  album packaging, may remind some UK listeners of another highly successful duo, Amadou and Mariam, but this is a very different product. Singing in English and French, Gwen and Tiana present a slick and lavishly produced package that incorporates elements of mainstream pop and soul in a manner reminiscent of the wave of 1980s African artists like Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita. 

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Gwen Thomas
GWEN & TIANA REVIEW FROM ALL ABOUT JAZZ

It's not immediately clear that African Time is a jazz album at all. However, perusing the CD digipak's details, there are obvious clues that if not exactly jazz, it is certainly jazz-related. The first indication is the revelation that sharing the composing duties along with singers Gwen Thomas and Tiana Ewane is co-composer and guitarist Femi Temowa, who's no stranger to jazz, as his 2011 album Orin Meta will attest. 

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Gwen Thomas