Title: Take II
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 15" x 17.5"
Image size: 9.75" x 12"
Edition size: 25
KIND OF BLUE
I fully agree with the author, Ashley Khan when he says, " jazz musos call it the bible and critics call it the one jazz album every fan must own". Who can argue with that - a jazz classic album of its own?
Jimmy Cobb, as far as I know, the only living drummer of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue sextet said of its members, they were respected leaders from their individual jazz groups who were brought together for the first time during the recording of Kind of Blue. It is this high level of expertise and talent that made the very first recording of Kind of Blue " beautiful and smooth sounding...no effort.... no tension.... just relaxed". "The band always sounded good. How could it sound bad?" Cobb, asked.
In Ashley Kahn's book "Kind of Blue - The making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece", Bill Evans, one of the pianists, is quoted as saying when they did the album, they had no idea it would become so important. As a painter, I drew a parallel to that - when I do a new painting I never know how important it will be! Quincy Jones says he "plays Kind of Blue every day. It sounds like it was made yesterday. It is my orange juice. " To that I can I can add it is my glass of water. Indeed, it sounds like it was made yesterday.
Miles Davis and his entire sextet, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, John Coltrane, Julian Cannonball Adderly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, left a legacy that is still inspiring the jazz musicians and jazz lovers. Columbia Records and its entire staff should be proud of this classic album.
Sam Nhlengethwa / Take II
Sam Nhlengethwa is one of South Africa's foremost artists. Born in 1955, he studied at Rorke's Drift and the Johannesburg Art Foundation. He was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award in 1994, the year South Africa held its first democratic elections and freedom was won for all its people.
He has successfully exhibited all over the world from Senegal to New York and Cologne. His work is largely figurative and he explores themes that are close to his heart such as the plight of mineworkers, jazz and the physical space of contemporary Africa.
In his prints and paintings, Sam Nhlengethwa uses overlays of techniques such as collage painting, drawing and photography. His fine sense of colour and form lend an abstract quality to his work.
He has been included in many contemporary South African art publications and his work can be found in leading South African and International collections.