Music Review: Uptown Rhythm Dogs – Allies In Inventiveness, Or Good Folk In A Complex World


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Uptown Rhythm Dogs with special guests Zacas / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg

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It doesn’t seem possible, but the Uptown Rhythm Dogs have been making music together on and off for nearly 40 years. There are streaks of grey in the ponytails of percussionist Dan Chiorboli and anything-with-strings player Greg Georgiades – and vocalist, guitarist and pianist Neill Solomon has long lost all of his hair – but the onstage energy and chemistry remains fresh. This two-night theatre residency was something of a reunion in the wake of the release of The Songs That Made Us Free by The Liberation Project, a sprawling collaborative project including 142 international musicians that yielded a triple album and a series of concerts – for all of which Solomon and Chiorboli served as producers as well as contributing writing and playing.

The relatively intermittent nature of their current musical relationship was occasionally evident in…

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