Sunday, September 20, 2020

Richard Lanham, the Swinging and Lovely Jazz Voice

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/106082120" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The incredible singer Richard Lanham brings us Thou Swell, his first jazz album as a band leader. Fifteen...
Kátia Moraes: Mistureba

Kátia Moraes: Mistureba

The beautiful mischief of Afro-Brasilian polyrhythms comes alive in this music by Kátia Moraes together with her entourage. The visceral energy that literally explodes...

Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid: Subcontinental Drift

You can attempt to put many labels on the Sultans of String, but ultimately either you will run out of space or none of...

Hassan Hakmoun: Unity

Gnawas abound in Morocco. In Jajouka, the Master Musicians led by Bechir Attar; in Essaouria and by grand design, the Gnawa elders have passed the torch onto Maleem Mahmoud Ghania. Elsewhere in Morocco the healing force of Gnawa chants...
Festival International Nuits D'Afrique Compilation 2017

Various Artists: Festival International Nuits d’Afrique

To most people who have, at some time or other in their lives, been students of geography Africa is a continent; a rather large...
Ajoyo: War Chant

Ajoyo: War Chant

Ajoyo released their EP War Chant in the Fall of 2019 and have since followed that four-song release with a full album in the...
Barbara Hannigan - An Evening with the Empress of Song

Barbara Hannigan: An Evening with the Empress of Song

Two years ago I saw Barbara Hannigan perform György Ligeti’s Mystères du Macabre dressed in a schoolgirl’s kilt, chewing bubblegum. The orchestra was Sinfónica...
Urban Turban & Shamim - Paradis

Urban Turban & Shamim: Paradis

The rather irreverent Swedish contemporary ensemble, teaming up with the Sufi singer, Shamim Naghedi are propelled from their romp around 1960s and 1970s Sweden...

Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores: Tambolero

The words ‘great’ and ‘legendary’ are not easily used in Latin America – even for revolutionary leaders much less for cultural figures. Traditions are...

Isis Giraldo: Padre

Little is known about the Colombian poet, Rubén Dario Giraldo. His daughter, an extraordinary musician who also happens to be a pianist and vocalist...

Fauré | Pierné: Trios Avec Piano

Gabriel Fauré is best-known for his Requiem which among all funeral masses – including Verdi’s – is uplifting and has the odour of incense, no doubt because its composer spent much of his life as an organist deeply familiar with church music.
Stanley Grill: At the Center of All Things

Stanley Grill: At the Center of All Things

Stanley Grill: American Landscapes; Lonely Pieces; At the Center of All Things; Diderot String Quartet – Adriane Post: vn; Johanna Novom: vn; Kyle Miller:...

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

At first blush, you think that this disc might pass like a ship in the night. Although the music and its performers have lit...

Paa Kow: Cookpot

This Cookpot is a boiling and bubbling cauldron of African hi-life and every other kind of rhythmic style from Paa Kow, the energetic and...

Concha Buika Live in Concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto

“Much like Chavela, Buika is able to make her audience feel completely exposed. Her songs transport us to a place where we are left...

Lorraine Klaasen: Nouvelle Journée

Until Apartheid was dismantled in preparation for the advent of the first democratic elections after which Nelson Mandela assumed the Presidency of South Africa...

Pauline Jean: Nwayo

This second album by the mesmerising contralto, Haitian-born and raised Pauline Jean takes her extraordinary musicianship to another level. Jean’s excellent performance perfectly captures...
Paulo Almeida Quarteto: Parceria

Paulo Almeida Quarteto: Parceria

The spellbinding disc Parceria celebrates an enduring partnership between drummer Paulo Almeida and bassist Bruno Migotto together with pianist Salomão Soares and reeds and...

Presenting Perry Beekman’s album “So in Love”

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139893024" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Perry Beekman is that voice that is not easy to find in the jazz scene. He has in...
Philippe Baden Powell Notes over Poetry CD Cover

Philippe Baden Powell: Notes Over Poetry

The album Notes Over Poetry seems to indicate that the pianist Philippe Baden Powell is ready for his jump off the cliff and that...

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