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Album liner notes by David Prince, August 2005

For myself and countless others, the name Zimbabwe NKenya is pretty much synonymous with authentic and uncompromisingly creative jazz in New Mexico. Whether he's making music with his usual acoustic bass, the sacred African Mbira he plays or the violin he has more recently taken up, Zimbabwe's unerring ability to gracefully aid and abet the musicians he's sharing the moment with, while at the same time making manifest the ongoing interior dialog between his own heart and soul, is nothing short of miraculous.

He would be a major player in whatever city or country he chose to settle in, as demonstrated by the track on this disc under the leadership of the NYC-based altoist, Rob Brown. In fact, the oddest thing about Zimbabwe and the New Jazz is that - with the exception of a very limited-edition live CD of his Mbira quintet, ZIYA - it is the first Zimbabwe NKenya album to be released.

Next time, maybe we'll get some of his incessantly groove-driven African Space Project from the mid-90's, or the far darker Black Jazz Culture from the late-80's, or something from one of his annual Ornette Coleman birthday/tribute shows. For the time being, sit back and enjoy this deeply satisfying taste of Zimbabwe NKenya and the New Jazz


released February 16, 2015

Recorded by:
Stephen Schmidt- ensemble tracks
Dave Nielsen-solo bass violin tracks

Mastered by: Q!

Original Artwork: Zimbabwe NKenya
Cover Photography: Grace Hopper

Layout Max Friedenberg
Screen Printing on original release: Carlos Santistevan




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High Mayhem Emerging Arts has been an oasis for creativity in the desert of the Southwest since 2001.

This record label documents the artists that make up High Mayhem in addition to representing the touring artists we've hosted through our numerous festivals, series, shows, and pirate video broadcasts.

An under-represented scene of diverse talent thrives in the high desert. Welcome.
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