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Language 12

by Marcus wyatt

The eagerly awaited new album from Marcus Wyatt, features some of South Africa's finest musicians,where the music breaks away from the straight-ahead sound to a more groove based concept, with loops and soundscapes interspersed with great live performance
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1. Self Portrait
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2. Madam Bliss
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3. The Outcast Shelters the Wanderer
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4. Mr Baloi -part One
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5. Mr Baloi -part Two
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6. Gone(intro)
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7. Gone
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8. Remembrance
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9. The Madness of King Dewey -part One
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10. The Madness of King Dewey -part Two
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11. All This Time
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12. Two Short Stories From the Seven Steps - One
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13. Two Short Stories From the Seven Steps - Two
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14. The Invaders Plan -part One
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15. The Invaders Plan -part Two
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16. Out
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Marcus Wyatt, a native of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape,South Africa,has been blowing his horn since
1983. He is part of a new generation of South African musicians, moving forward, respectful of the past without being afraid of twisting boundaries. Marcus' new album "Language 12" is testament to this, with a seamless blend of tradition and progressive thinking, contemporary loop-based ideas and live performance.
This young trumpet player has performed around the globe, and worked with an impressive array of musicians, from Manu Dibango, Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba to Carlo Mombelli, Courtney Pine and The Fra Fra Sound (Holland). Marcus Wyatt's first two albums "Gathering" and "Africans in Space" feature South Africa's finest Jazz musicians, and have both been nominated for South African Music Awards(SAMA).
Marcus is able to entertain a very fruitful conversation between a clearly South African jazz tradition, and a more international resonance, displaying his musical know-how at times in the image of Freddie Hubbard with a nod here and there to the Jazz legend Miles Davis himself. Over the years he has developed a reputation of being one of the most versatile and in demand trumpet players in South Africa. Not only is he one of the hardest working musicians, but is also an obvious and rarely gifted trumpet player. He is equally at home in any number of settings from small ensembles, trios and big bands to drum n bass, hip hop, R&B and house and round the corner to free improvisation. This combined with a warm, wide sound, has earned him the respect of both his fellow musicians and critics alike. Over the past decade, Marcus has recorded and performed with some of the most respected local and International artists:
Winston Mankunku
Miriam Makeba
Tina Schouw & Jack von Poll
Vusi Mahlasela
Paul Hanmer
Zim Ngqawana
Hotep Idris Galeta
Alou April
Loading Zone
Sibongile Khumalo
Tlale Makhene
Voice
Carlo Mombelli
Louis Mhlanga
Mcoy Mrubata
Johnathan Crossley
Russ Nerwich
Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band
Nine
Birdtribe
Ernie smith
Manu Dibango
Andy Sheppard
Walter Bishop Jnr (Charlie Parker's last resident pianist)
Abdullah Ibrahim
John Fedchock
Ann Hampton Callaway
Stockholm Jazz Orchestra
Courtney Pine
Bheki Mseleku
James Morrison
Jimmy Dludlu
Iconoclast (Victor Ntoni, Khaya Mahlangu, Hilton Schilder and Vusi Khumalo)
Robbie Jansen
Dave O'higgins & Interzone
Mango Groove
Jenny Jones
Johnny Fourie
Dave Young and Rene Lee
Rudi Smith
Barney Rachabane
Feya Faku

He is a favourite at every major festival in South Africa, as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and also receives a warm response from festivals in Rome and Amsterdam's famous Bimhuis jazz club.

His production credits include an outfit from Attridgeville,"The Heavy Spirits", who have since performed in France on a number of occasions.
Marcus has written for television and film,including collaborating with Carlo Mombelli on Khalo Matabane's highly acclaimed "Story of a Beautiful Country"
Also, more recently he arranged some of his music for big band and Strings to be premiered at the Linder auditorium in Johannesburg, and In 2005 he was invited to join the University Of The Witwatersrand(WITS) as a guest Lecturer.

Marcus is also a founding member of the acclaimed South African quintet “VOICE”, also comprising Andile Yenana(pno), Herbie Tsoaeli(acc.bass), Sydney Mnisi (sax), Morabo Morajele and Lulu Gontsana(drums). VOICE have released two albums,”Quintet Legacy vol.1 and vol.2 (Songs For Our Grandchildren)”.
“Gathering”, ” Africans In Space”, “Quintet Legacy vol.1” and" Quintet legacy vol.2" have all been nominated for South African Music Awards(SAMA).

In the gravity of this sort of talent, his career is only beginning. We can only look forward in anticipation as we watch a Jazz megastar in the making


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Tamara Turner, CD Baby.com


Moving with liquid ease between trip hop, R&B, standard jazz, bossa nova and Brazilian-enriched Latin hybrids, South African-born trumpet emissary, Marcus Wyatt, guides the way with his remarkably adaptable style and tone that can be as agile and fine as a flute and robust as a tuba. From silky Miles Davis references to an impressive list of international collaborations from Vusi Mahlasela to Courtney Pine to Walter Bishop Junior, it is not surprising that Wyatt has become one of the most sought after players in South Africa and abroad. His new release, Language 12, does an especially impressive job staking out distinctive yet diverse territory, from trip hoppy, downtempo-geared jazz to an expansive and harmony-stretching, funky rock fusion, likely inspired by Herbie Hancock. He does all this without stretching himself thin and without contradicting his own musical statement and identity, whether he’s playing live or with loop-based ideas. The fact that he appears equally at home within standard and contemporary styles, always having an artistic statement to offer, always breathing life into whatever form he enters, has earned Wyatt an enviable reputation among audiences and critics. With 16 tracks to savor, this disc, which plays almost like a mixed tape, has the substance it takes to merit a spot in any jazz collector’s top 10.