Mulatu Astatke already has a legendary status as the father of Ethio Jazz. But he hasn't been content to rest on his laurels. Instead he's forged ahead. This album proves very different from his work with the Heliocentrics (some of whom do feature here), or with the Either/Orchestra -- it's an album of what is essentially a meandering, laid-back groove that looks at music from two angles -- the Western and the Ethiopian. The former gets to stretch out on cuts like the opener, the reflective "Radcliffe," and "The Way to Nice." Ethiopia raises its head on "I Faram Gami I Faram," which some luscious Addis Ababa singing, a reworking of the style that made Astatke's name, and actually of one of his old compositions. But it can also be heard in the flute on "Ethio Blues," or the ways Astatke's vibraphone resembles a balafon in "Green Africa." "Assosa" is a true trip into rural Ethiopia, based on traditional music, while "Mulatu's Mood" crosses the continent to put another of the man's older pieces in a highlife framework and highlight the connections between styles. What's interesting is how much of a backseat Astatke is happy to take, rarely venturing out front for a solo (and even then they're brief, more like punctuations), but always powering things along as part of the rhythm section. The exception is on "Boogaloo," at heart Western enough until Astatke takes it to Ethiopia over the groove, and then an Ethiopian fiddle holds it in strange, beautiful territory. A beautiful album that adds to Astatke's stature.
01.Ofege — Adieu 02.The Action 13 — More Bread to the People 03.The Hygrades — In the Jungle (Instrumental) 04.The Wings — Odenigbo 05.Ofo the Black Company — Eniaro 06.The Elcados — Ku Mi Da Hankan 07.Mono Mono — Kenimania 08.Tabukah X — Finger Toe 09.The Funkees — Acid Rock 10.Colomach — Cotocun Gba Gounke 11.Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound — Another Man's Thing 12.Question Mark — Freaking Out 13.Original Wings — Igba Alusi 14.Tunji Oyelana — Omoba D'Eru Ri 15.BLO — Chant to Mother Earth
This is the third and final installment in the excellent Sound Way Records' essential trilogy of 1970s Nigerian sounds: first we had hi-life, then disco and boogie, and now we have the complete picture with this third volume focusing on afro-rock and funk! As you would expect from Sound Way, this is an absolutely brilliant compilation that showcases the flowering of the afro-rock sound in Nigeria as the influence of US acts like Jimi Hendrix and Santana started to seep into the mainly soul-based sets of a handful of young bands. Some of the musicians from these bands were picked up by Cream's Ginger Baker when he visited Nigeria in 1970 and accompanied him on a tour of Europe and America - this experience exposed these young players to the betaing heart of the inner-world of progressive and psychedelic rock at its peak, and so these musicians were able to return to Nigeria full of inspiration. The resultant Afro Rock craze hit the students and young night clubbers of Nigeria hard as fuzz-heavy guitars were fused with heavy African rhythms, taking the African and Afro-Latin influences behind the US rockers back home to the source! Highly recommended!
"Mandarin Movie is a project from Chicago native and current Brazil resident Rob Mazurek, a cornetist, composer, painter, improviser, and multi-media artist whose unique musical style draws from free jazz, hard-bop, experimental electronica and minimalism. Mandarin Movie's debut release is a full frequency audio assault, dense and beautiful at times, unrestrained, chaotic & hard at other times, with an almost sculptural quality, always preparing us for the beauty of sound and silence. The name 'Mandarin Movie' stems from a dream Rob had in 2003, evoking an artist's vision of singular clarity similar to Sun Ra's Space is The Place. At the dreams end Rob found himself atop the highest building in the world where 'It was all light beams and flying discs and dense beautiful sounding explosions which put a good feeling in the back of your head'." Includes Alan Licht on guitar.
01 Orange 02 The Green Giraffe 03 Black Goat (part one) 04 Black Goat (part two) 05 The Ghost Ship Is Sinking 06 Peking Duck With Steam Dumpling 07 A Very Modern Camera (part one) 08 A Very Modern Camera (part two) 09 Ghost Ships Don?t Sink 10 The Highest Building In The World
Alan Licht - Guitar Steve Swell - Trombone Jason Ajemian - Double Bass, Electronics Frank Rosaly - Drums Rob Mazurek - Computer, Electric Eels Moog; Pianette, Cornet; John Herndon - Drums, Programming (track 2) Rick Rizzo - Guitar (track 2) Mikael Jorgensen - Computer (track 1) Jim Becker - Fiddle, Banjo - (track 5)
Diga Rhythm Band Mickey Hart/Diga Rhythm Band World
01 Sweet Sixteen 02 Magnificent Sevens 03 Happiness Is Drumming 04 Razooli 05 Tal Mala
During a lull in activities with the Grateful Dead, percussionist and ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart joined with tabla player, Zakir Hussain, son of longtime Ravi Shankar accompanist, Alla Rakha, and students of the Ali Akbar College of Music to form the heavily percussive Diga Rhythm Band in 1975. Recording their sole album, Diga, in Hart's barn/studio in Novato, California, the 11-piece group was augmented by Jerry Garcia on guitar and Jim McPherson, Kathy McDonald and David Freiberg on vocals. One tune on the album, "Happiness Is Drumming (Fire on the Mountain) went on to be a staple at concerts by the Grateful Dead, the Other Ones and Hart's Planet Drum. ~AMG
01 Musicawa Silt 02 Musicawa Silt Part 2 03 Quiet Man Is Dead Man 04 Modern Technology 05 Super Afro-Beat 06 Give It Up Turnit Loose 07 Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti 08 Daktari Walk 09 Voodoo Soul Stew 10 Upside Down
Putumayo presents World Christmas Party, a festive collection of Christmas favorites recorded by artists from around the globe. Whether listeners are seeking a fresh spin on perennial Christmas classics or want to know what rhythms get yuletide celebrations started from Jamaica to Cape Verde, World Christmas Party is sure to put people into the holiday mood. The CD unites reggae, Latin, African and other global rhythms into an upbeat album perfect for Christmas festivities.
Putumayo’s Christmas collections have sold more than one million copies and have been hailed by the New York Times and many other publications for their refreshing, uplifting holiday selections. Says Dan Storper, Putumayo Founder and CEO, “I’ve really enjoyed searching for Christmas music in my travels around the world and exploring the ways in which the holiday is celebrated in different cultures.”
01 Wish You A Merry Christmas (Jacob Miller - Jamaica) 02 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Poncho Sanchez - USA) 03 Christmas Comes But Once A Year (Charles Brown - USA) 04 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Keahiwai - Hawaii) 05 Winter Wonderland (Jose Conde - USA/Cuba) 06 Alegria (Maria De Barros - Cape Verde) 07 Barra De Navidad Blues (Heritage Hall Jazz Band - USA) 08 The Christmas Song (Brave Combo - USA) 09 Kei Te Haere Mai A Hana Koko (H.K. Crew feat. Kina - New Zealand) 10 Carol and the Kings (Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven - USA) 11 Boas Festas Mocambique (Costa Neto - Mozambique) 12 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Ed Calle with Arturo Sandoval - Venezuela/Cuba)
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