Next Stop Soweto Vol. 3 is the story of the music that survived in South Africa during this mid-‘60s to mid-‘80s era. The album features many of the recognised South African jazz greats like saxophonist Dudu Pukwana and drummer Early Mabuza, the potent soul jazz grooves of The Heshoo Beshoo Group and The Drive and some of the many artists creating unique fusions like Philip Tabane’s Malombo mixing African drums and hand percussion with guitar, vocal and flute. This is important music, a defiant statement in the face of unimaginable cultural repression.
01. MALOMBO JAZZ MAKERS – SIBATHATHU 02. ALLEN KWELA OCTET - QUESTION MARK 03. SPIRITS REJOICE – JOY 04. BATSUMI – ITUMELENG 05. MANKUNKU QUARTET – DEDICATION (TO DADDY TRANE AND BROTHER SHORTER) 06. DENNIS MPALE – ORLANDO 07. EARLY MABUZA QUARTET – LITTLE OLD MAN (MAXHEGWANA) 08. MALOMBO – SANGOMA 09. CHRIS SCHILDER QUARTET feat. MANKUNKU – SPRING 10. THE SOUL GIANTS – PINESE'S DANCE 11. THE HESHOO BESHOO GROUP – EMAKHAYA 12. THE DRIVE - HOWL 13. CHRIS McGREGOR & THE CASTLE LAGER BIG BAND – SWITCH
Guitarist Mel Brown is hailed as "An Impulse! Discovery" on Chicken Fat, his debut for the label, and this album does feature a fantastic unique sound. Brown played in the bands of T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker, and has an aggressive (though not harsh) single-string picking style. For this date he is paired with either Herb Ellis or Arthur Wright on guitar, Gerald Wiggins on organ, and Brown's regular rhythm section of Paul Humphrey on drums and Ronald Brown on electric bass. There are a couple tracks that are played as pretty straight blues, but this is a hoppin' soul-jazz date. The tunes are bouncy and funky, and Brown's playing is a real treat. His bluesy, almost reckless soloing gives a vastly different flavor that the playing of guys like Grant Green or Melvin Sparks. Gerald Wiggins' organ playing is cool and swinging, and the electric bass of Ronald Brown makes this album about as funky as Impulse ever got. Both Herb Ellis and Arthur Wright get some solo space as well, with Ellis sounding quite interesting playing an unamplified 12-string on a couple cuts. Brown gets some nice tones as well, and on "Hobo Flats" plays "an electronic guitar with Wah-Wah distortion" (remember, this is 1967 jazz) "that gives a weird shimmering sound," according to the liner notes. Leave it to Impulse! to put a new spin on the guitar/organ sound. This is hot stuff - AMG
01 Chicken Fat 02 Greasy Spoon 03 Home James 04 Slalom 05 Hobo Flats 06 Shanty 07 Sad But True 08 I'm Goin' to Jackson 09 Blues for Big Bob
01 Ando Meio Desligado 02 Ave, Lucifer 03 Dia 36 04 Baby  05 Fuga No. II 06 Cantor de Mambo 07 Adeus Maria Fulo 08 Desculpe, Babe 09 El Justiciero 10 Panis et Circenses 11 A Minha Menina 12 Bat Macumba 13 Le Premier Bonheur du Jour 14 Baby 
An essential collection of unique folk and pop music from the Island of Sumatra, including drone beat pop, jungle folk trance, gypsy hybrid songs, haunting vocal chants, and other beautiful, lost styles, which have yet to be discovered. The selections on this CD are a combination of droning beat pop, pseudo-gypsy songs, jungle folk trance, and other improbable traditional and hybrid styles heard by only a handful of outsiders. These recordings are from old cassette tapes received as gifts, in trade, or purchased from sources in Sumatra in 1989. Some of the tapes are unmarked with the artists unknown, yet all of them are decaying documents of various sound quality containing some of the most eccentric artifacts ever uncovered from this fascinating island.
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