Saturday, November 16, 2019

Mãe Carinhosa, Cesária Évora’s Posthumous Release

Cesária Évora was that kind of singer you would have liked to represent your country as a music ambassador. Her feeling to express the profound, pure, tropical and African sound is incomparable. Her voice is a unique treasure for the world...

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...
Holly Roadfeldt: The Preludes Project

Holly Roadfeldt: The Preludes Project

Chopin: Preludes Op. 28; O’Riordan: Twenty-six Preludes for Piano. Holly Roadfeldt: pf Chopin’s 24 Preludes Opus 28. fall into his later period, composed in 1838...

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana: Conversation of the Birds

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana’s 2018 release Conversation of the Birds invites the listener to journey back into fabled countryside, gliding mellifluously through a musical topography...
Zucchero Presents Black Cat

Zucchero Presents New Album: Black Cat

Zucchero presents his November 2016 recording (released in the US in February 2017) entitled Black Cat. This is a mega project that features the...

Oran Etkin: The Gathering

The folksy phrasing of the clarinetist and saxophonist is affecting and is informed by a dallying lilt that is unfettered. Notes hang as if...

Thomas Larcher: What Becomes

Thomas Larcher (b. 1963) – What Becomes – Tamara Stefanovich: piano (1 – 21), Mark Padmore: tenor (22 – 32); Thomas Larcher: piano (22...

Gino Sitson: Echo Chamber

Every song tells a story on Echo Chamber by the inimitable Gino Sitson. Although he is multi-lingual, Mr Sitson sings his stories...

Laura Pausini World Tour 2016

Touched Down In Brampton - Powerade Centre - July 26, 2016 Simili - Similares Through a series of connections made in far away places I came...

Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba: Ici bas rien n’est impossible

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/102197715" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] On the rather brightly coloured record Ici bas rien n’est impossible by the Cameroon-born Canada-based griot Njacko Backo,...

Nicole: Raízes / Roots

Raízes / Roots explores the nature of the interconnectedness of things, indeed. Picking up on that, this excellent album is like an elegant...
Grupo Falso Baiano - Depois

Grupo Falso Baiano Presents: Depois

Charming as it sounds, choro is actually the hardest and most complex Brasilian music to master, much less to compose. Remarkably, Grupo Falso Baiano...

Snow Owl: The Blue Road

Composers who venture into the realm of ‘world musics’ do so at their own peril, especially with such masters of musical worlds Toto La...
Hazelrigg Brothers: Songs We Like

Hazelrigg Brothers Present: Songs We Like

There are many ways to pay homage to icons of music, but one that manages to convey their deeply personal impact on your own...

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Pandit Taranath: Live in Stockholm 1969

This is a classic recording in every sense of the term. It is a rare performance of Pandit Taranath and Zia Mohiuddin in Sweden....

Aaron Comess: Live 2016

The drummer Aaron Comess is chameleonic. He seems to fit in everywhere, playing with Jazz musicians such as Roswell Rudd, and musicians that comprise...

TriBeCaStaN: Goddess Polka Dottess

Frank Zappa once asked, by way of an album title: Does Humor Belong to Music?. Certainly with his own music the question was always...

Meeco: Souvenirs of Love

If you thought that Meeco’s extraordinary music was inspired by the tender imagery of moving pictures then you would not be wrong. The writer...

Monty Alexander: The Harlem-Kingston Express Comes Alive

There might be a gentleman’s argument as to whom the pianist Monty Alexander belongs to; Jamaica, where he was born, or New York where he resides. In truth, the ineffable Mr. Alexander belongs to both. He is a “Jamerican,” as he puts it so affectionately...
Jane Antonia Cornish: Into Silence

Jane Antonia Cornish: Into Silence

Jane Antonia Cornish: Into Silence; Anna Elashvili: vn; Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir vc; Caitlin Sullivan vc; Claire Bryant vc; Hamilton Berry vc; Vicky Chow pf In his...

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