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Tenth World with Kevin Jones and Kelvin Sholar Tenth World with Kevin Jones and Kelvin Sholar

Tenth World is a group formed by Kevin Jones and pianist/composer, Kelvin Sholar through a partnership created back in 1999 in New York City. Together Jones and Sholar formed a collective of young talented master musicians on the cusp of realizing a new and creative sound that combined the harmonic sensibilities of Jazz and Soul with the rhythms of the African Diaspora. The nucleus of Tenth World formed around Kelvin Sholar’s group Esoterica which was a quartet. Other members were added; Saxophonist Brian Horton, Drummer Jaimeo Brown, Trumpeter Kevin Louis and both Bassists Damon Warmack out of Detroit and Joshua David Barrett out of New Jersey worked interchangeably.

Jones and Sholar’s first attempt at recording a project was a project called Land Of Eternal Tranquil Light which proved to be a bit too eclectic spanning to wide a variety of genres. Their next recording project was entitled “Tenth World” which was picked up by Motema Music (For more info: ) and produced by percussionist Babatunde Lea and Kelvin Sholar. This recording went on to be widely acclaimed and proved to be a seminal sound of the label and stands as a monument to the compositional and musicianship of the members. Included on that album were George Makinto; formerly Miriam Makeba’s musical director on flute, piano and percussion and acclaimed percussionist Luisito Quintero who both would join the band at different intervals during their tenure.

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”At the ten minute mark, I swear you will feel the urge to rip off your shirt, throw yourself to the ground and writhe in the beauty of it all” Jazz.Com

“Kevin Jones combines the spirit of Africa with modern jazz on his impressive debut as a leader” ”Tenth World incorporates the heightened aesthetic of John Coltrane's classic quartet...” Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

Down Beat (p75)- 3-5 stars out of 5- “The group's arrangement of 'Seven Steps to Heaven' is inventive and enough off kilter to keep it fresh...This band is adept at tight rhythmic intervals...” Down Beat

“Tenth World is modern jazz that crosses the boundaries between cultures

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