“Picking my favourite SA jazz band is a tough call to make, because there is so much to choose from. Fortunately, I can exclude the Vuma Levin Quintet and Skyjack, because those bands include European based musicians. But In With a Shout, so ably led by Dan Shout, has to be right up there with the best of the best. At a recent concert, a couple of songs really stood out for me.

Betrayal spoke to my soul, particularly Michael Bester’s stretched guitar notes over sad, sensitive bass lines, while Kevin Gibson’s brushes pattered heartbeats on his kit. Through it all Justin Bellair’s alto sax called out the accusations, the justifications, the recriminations. Moving stuff, superbly played.

Kevin Gibson is undoubtedly South Africa’s finest drummer, and one of the best I’ve heard anywhere (recorded or live). On Jou Lekker Ding he unleashes an assault on his kit, laying down the tempo and rhythm for a medley of joyous Cape jazz. Through it all, are cascading runs from the three saxophones, sliding in one at a time, slickly passing the theme, embellishing it and letting it go. Most musicians can only dream of playing like this. Yeah, this band is my pick of the best I’ve seen. See them for yourself.” Michael Britton

“While it might be a cliché to say it, one can expect the unexpected when listening to the music of Dan Shout. An exceptional saxophonist and composer, the Cape Town-based artist has also built a sterling track record of creating highly distinctive and exciting albums. While he initially made a splash in 2012 with his sophomore release Serenading Ghosts, recorded in the abandoned Namibian ghost town of Kolmanskop, Shout has rightly earned a great deal of acclaim for his more recent In With a Shout project. On In With a Shout’s self-titled release in 2014, Shout demonstrated incredible leaps forward in his composing skills, writing for an unorthodox frontline of three tenor saxophones. As he now celebrates the release of his latest album, Secret Weapons, Shout has taken some of these musical ideas even further. Indeed, his writing and arranging have become more ambitious and confident with the ensemble, congealing into an extraordinary musical statement.” Seton Hawkins, AllAboutJazz.com.

“His band ‘In with a Shout’, blew away all the cobwebs I had in my head straight into the ether.” Don Albert, Artslink.co.za.

“While many may not know him very well, this son of the Namibian soil has contributed greatly to the South African jazz scene and taking into consideration our own current situation when it comes to the genre, he can definitely be a great contributor – whether it is just by skills transfer or working with our own jazz acts to produce beautiful music.” Ndapewoshali Shapwanale, the Namibian Independent.

“Backing musicians Andy Innes (guitar), Barry Van Zyl (drums), Daniel Shout (keyboards and sax) and Trevor Donjeany (bass) ripped into the repertoire with the stealth precision of a commando unit, shifting with ease between the sweet chordal progression in the verses of Nyembezi to the song’s go-for-broke chorus. They sounded as happy to play the ska-inflected rhythm of Bullets For Bafazane as the almost Jethro Tull-style rock of the superb Third World Child.” Bernard Perusse, the Montreal Gazette.

“The other band members meshed well with Clegg as well. Innes often added taut, steely guitar lines that have been part and parcel of the sounds of Clegg’s various musical projects. Dan Shout also was standout on keyboards, but particularly his sax playing, which provided an added kick to the songs.” Jeffrey B. Remz, CountryStandardTime.com

Dan Shout is a respected, sought-after musician and jazz educator based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is most renowned as a session saxophonist and for his seven-year stint with Johnny Clegg. Dan has performed in over 30 countries across five continents and has played and/or recorded with the likes Johnny Clegg, Winston Mankunku, Gordon Vernick, Maria Schneider, Frode Nymo, Paul Booth, Bruce Cassidy, Marcus Wyatt, AJ Brown, the Edinburgh Festival Big Band, The Blues Broers, Robin Auld and The Rudimentals to name a few.

Some of his career highlights include performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, the Wigan International Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Montreal Jazz Festival, Soccer World Cup in Germany, Rugby World Cup in France, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert at Ellis Park, for the Prince & Princess of Monaco at the Monaco Opera House, Victoria Jazz Club in Oslo, for Bastille Day in Bastille, Paris, and for President Zuma’s Inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Click here to read more.