By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine
The first impression of listening to the jazz-world ensemble AJOYO is how infectious their music is. It stirs you from the opening title track “War Chant.” They are a multi-cultural quintet that infuses some of the tracks with special guests. This is their second album and they are led by multi-reedist Yacine Boularès. On their debut, they impressed with vibrancy and social consciousness. There’s plenty of joy here as well and a more focused call to action in the name of social justice, done with such flair and finesse that’s free of overbearing preaching. Read the full review here.