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Les Mamans Du Congo & RRobin - Ya Mizolé (2023)

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Les Mamans Du Congo & RRobin - Ya Mizolé (2023)

Les Mamans du Congo & Rrobin - Ya Mizolé (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 215 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 83 Mb | 00:35:32
World, Afrobeat, Female Vocal | Label: Jarring Effects

Sing to emancipate the African woman. A unique encounter between the Bantu lullabies of the Congo, electronic music and hip-hop. A hybrid project which gives pride of place to dance and which highlights the daily life of Congolese women in a daring way and above all connected with the times. Gladys Samba, renowned singer and percussionist, had for years wanted to revive and popularize the lullabies of the Republic of Congo, considered as a true cultural heritage of his region. In 2018, with the help of the Institut Francais du Congo, she succeeded in doing this with the show "Les Mamans du Congo". Forks, plates, baskets, pestles and recovery equipment accompany with rhythm and subtlety the voices of the five mothers of the Congo. For his part in France, the artist Rrobin has been exploring electronic music and hip-hop since 2013.

VA - Random: A Tribute to Gary Numan (1997) 2CDs

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VA - Random: A Tribute to Gary Numan (1997) 2CDs

VA - Random: A Tribute to Gary Numan (1997) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 772 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 266 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | 02:00:29
Electronic, Rock, Pop, Synthpop, Industrial | Label: Beggars Banquet | # BBQCD 195

Gary Numan is known for robotic, stylized singing. His primitive electronics and pre-"new romantic" sound did nothing for me. A myriad, zealous voices will tell you that Numan was sings "good songs." Now, in this 2-CD collection of Numan interpretations you can hear those good songs without Numan's idiosyncratic delivery. The known and the unknown join to make proto-dance music out of mechanical master's material. Matt Sharp (Weezer) and Damon Albarn (Blur) cover "We Have a Technical." Also on the compilation are Gravity Kills, EMF, The Magnetic Fields, Jesus Jones, the out-of-place hip hop group Underdog (but, there's only one of them), Sukia, The Orb, Pop Will Eat Itself. One of my favorite cuts is "Metal" by Towering Inferno. Brian Eno described their Kaddish album as "frightening" and they are here joined by Eddie Reader. I also am very fond of the two versions of "Are 'Friends' Electric?" Techno rockers Republicaare joined by Numan himself for one version and Belgian discovery An Pierle offers another.

VA - BAR Tokyo: Classic & New Japanese Flavours (2008) 2CDs

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VA - BAR Tokyo: Classic & New Japanese Flavours (2008) 2CDs

VA - BAR Tokyo: Classic & New Japanese Flavours (2008) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 756 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 310 Mb | Scans ~ 36 Mb | 02:15:16
Genre: Japanese Traditions, J-Pop | Label: Demon Music/Nascente | # NSBARCD 028

2008 two CD set. From its humble beginnings as the small fishing village of Edo, to the megacity of Tokyo with a population of over 12 million, Japan's capital city is one of the world's most exciting cultural epicenters. Musically the Japanese are cultural magpies, but they also have their own rich traditions. This compilation celebrates a mix of the two and includes everything from the exciting ska rock of The Beaches, the twisted electronic dub of Oki and the Ryukyu Underground to meditative Buddhist chants. 30 tracks.

VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)

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VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)

VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 00:55:18
Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 8 29196 2 9

Finally Blue Note issues a Latin collection from its Italian (Italiana SPA) and Brazilian (EMI-Odeon) vaults that reveals the true diversity of its catalog and exploits some of the serious sensuous grooves that DJs have been spinning for over a decade. This is the first of three volumes, all of which feature the rarest most representative tracks from the various trends in jazz that grew out of Brazilian pop in the '60s, '70s, and even '80s. For starters, there's the mean brass swagger of Luis Amuda Perez on "Upa Neguinho," which was written by Edu Lobo. Besides being a popular dance tune (you can hear that in the opening measures), it is a masterpiece of Brazilian big band arrangement. Also featured is the stellar "Noa Noa," a trademark of Sergio Mendez. This is a tough bossa nova trio jam, with arpeggiated piano figures cutting right through the rhythms in the tune. In addition, Mandrake Som's "Beriambu" was the first to utilize in a swinging pop jazz context the use of the one string percussion instrument – there's also a very soul-jazzy sax solo in the break. This set's full of warm, frighteningly good examples of bossa, samba, and even the MPB and Joven Guarda rhythms as they inform folk and jazz melodies and modal figures.

Abdallah Oumbadougou - AMGHAR: The Godfather of Tuareg Music, Vol. 1 (2024)

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Abdallah Oumbadougou - AMGHAR: The Godfather of Tuareg Music, Vol. 1 (2024)

Abdallah Oumbadougou - AMGHAR: The Godfather of Tuareg Music, Vol. 1 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | 01:09:03
World, Desert Blues | Label: Petaluma Records

Amghar: The Godfatdher of Touareg Music - VOL. 1 is the first career retrospective of the legendary, late Tuareg innovator Abdallah Oumbadougou, who is considered the Godfather of the Tuareg / Desert Blues genre and was a primary influence of current artists Bombino and Mdou Mocktar. It features 14 tracks, newly remastered by 5 time GRAMMY winning engineer Michael Graves, and includes 6 unreleased, never before heard tracks. The gorgeous Double Vinyl package also includes extensive historical liner notes from Tuareg expert and historian Andy Morgan and lyric translations in Tamashek, French and English. The cover portrait of the artist was created by Nigerian born illustrator Diana Ejaita who is notable for her extensive cover work with the New Yorker magazine. 'He was like a father to us. Like our first inspiration' - BOMBINO

Willard White - Aaron Copland: Old American Songs 1 & 2; American Spirituals; Folk-songs from Barbados and Jamaica (1991)

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Willard White - Aaron Copland: Old American Songs 1 & 2; American Spirituals; Folk-songs from Barbados and Jamaica (1991)

Willard White with Graeme McNaught - Aaron Copland: Old American Songs 1 & 2;
American Spirituals; Folk-songs from Barbados and Jamaica (1991)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal Music, Spirituals, Folk | Label: Chandos | # CHAN8960 | 00:53:59

An enjoyable collection for White fans, although one might prefer one's spirituals on a bigger scale. That said, Willard White makes these well-known songs seem much more intimate and reflective, private rather than public. Swing low, pressed into service at last year's rugby world cup, is sung rather faster than usual. That's no bad thing, as the song can be made to sound rather lachrymose. For White there is a sense of eager anticipation, that heaven really is at hand. The Copland songs are enjoyable too and are sung with apparent enjoyment. They were all new to me and I can see myself returning to them for their witty lyrics and sense of fun. The Chandos recording is good and the voice is well caught. The accompaniment is discreet and intelligent, making this a delightful disc all round.

Terra - Terra (1990)

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Terra - Terra (1990)

Terra - Terra (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
New Age, Ambient, Electronic, World | Label: Able | # AL05CD911 | Time: 01:06:05

This 66 minute CD has 16 tracks of highly interesting electronic music. The material does not have the wall of sound density like that of Kistenmacher but is closer in sound to that of Exchange. Several songs are light in texture and sparse in complexity. This gives them a pop-jingle sound that can fool the listener, but several playings will show the composers working for an overall diversity. Several tracks are notable - "Icefields", "Banana", and "Polarlight" by J. Mohn; "Lhasa" by K. and M. Buntrock. This first release album shows a lot of promise for the musicians. A nice change from the work of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.

Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet - Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Toru Takemitsu: Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi: Viola Concerto (2008)

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Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet - Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Toru Takemitsu: Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi: Viola Concerto (2008)

Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Tōru Takemitsu: Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi: Viola Concerto (2008)
Wu Man, pipa; Yuri Bashmet, violin & viola, conductor; Moscow Soloists; Roman Balashov, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx | # 4027 | Time: 01:18:02

Tan Dun's Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa (1999) is a reworking of one of his most popular works, Ghost Opera, written for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet. In this version, the composer's characteristic polystylism – which here includes Chinese folk song, Copland-esque Big Sky music, quotations from Bach, and vocalizations by the orchestra – comes across as a jumble, without much of a strong vision holding the disparate elements together. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man, who appeared on the Kronos recording, plays the concerto with energy and delicacy. She's ably accompanied by the Moscow Soloists, led by Yuri Bashmet. The concerto is followed by Takemitsu's Nostalghia (1987) for violin and string orchestra. Its compositional assurance, clarity, subtly nuanced orchestration, and emotional directness make it all the more striking in contrast to the Tan Dun. Here Bashmet is the impassioned soloist, with Roman Balashov conducting with great sensitivity. The three brief excerpts from Takemitsu's film scores are a pleasant stylistic diversion – light, strongly differentiated character pieces.

Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Hollywood (2004)

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Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Hollywood (2004)

Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Hollywood (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:25
Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Fusion, West Coast Jazz, Ethnic | Label: Tzadik | # TZ 7191

In this, the third installment in Steven Bernstein's Diaspora series, one of the most active and imaginative musicians in the downtown scene explores compositions from the Jewish tradition through the rose colored lens of West Coast Jazz. Actually recorded in the Hollywood Hills with a fabulous all star quintet including vibes and bass flute, Steve's lush arrangements take off from the intimate small group jazz sound of the Shelley Manne and Shorty Rogers units from the mid fifties. Beautiful arrangements that come from the heart and a savvy choice of traditional compositions make this one of Steve's greatest projects.

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)

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Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:37
Post-Bop, Tango, Modern Composition | Label: Disques Dreyfus | # FDM 36596-2

Tango accordion has a clear icon in the late Astor Piazzolla, but these days Richard Galliano is making a strong case for being the premier jazz accordionist. He's as lyrical as one needs, swings like mad, or brings tempos down to a sensual jog with passion and soul. When called upon, he can play a gut-wrenching tango or two himself. For this effort he's joined by two different crack rhythm sections, the brilliant Jean-François Jenny-Clark and Daniel Humair (seven tracks), or the slightly cut below Remi Vignolo and Andre Ceccarelli (four tracks), bass and drums respectively. It's not hard to hear a distinctly French but improvisationally Americanized sound. The lone standard, "You Must Believe in Spring", is one of many waltzes, but this one jumps from second to fifth gear, Galliano rapidly flying through the changes. The title track is also quick, with "Augusta" more a sprightly 3/4, while "L'Envers du Décor" is an easier modal three beat. Nods to Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal are heard on his composition "Bébé" and the mallets on drums and heavy conga beat-based fanfare and theme of "Passarinho".

Nitin Sawhney - Human (2003) [Japanese Edition]

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Nitin Sawhney - Human (2003) [Japanese Edition]

Nitin Sawhney - Human (2003) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans ~ 156 Mb
Electronic, Downtempo, Trip-Hop, World Fusion | Label: V2 | # V2CP 157 | 01:02:43

The sixth album from the world fusion maestro. Forging ahead with his trademark collision of disparate styles including Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Indian Classical and Drum 'n' Bass, Human showcases a deeper sense of spirituality and peace than before and features vocals by previously unknown young singers, most of them discovered by Sawhney himself. Other than that, "Human" includes contributions from several long term colleagues of Sawhney who've become familiar largely through previous appearances on his albums. These include the whispery vocals of Tina Grace and the comforting tones of Bengali vocalist Jayanta Bose as well as Anglo-Yemeni singer Natasha Atlas.

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

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Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 427 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79828-8 | 01:18:50

The Kronos Quartet continues to broaden the repertoire for string quartet beyond the Western European tradition with Floodplain, an album of music all written or arranged for the ensemble. This album moves the ensemble even further afield from the conventional quartet; the players frequently double on folk instruments, and in one of the pieces they don't use their own instruments at all, but newly invented ones, created especially for this album. The selection of music is broadly eclectic and includes arrangements of a popular Arab song from 1940 and an ancient Christian hymn from Lebanon, a collaboration with a Palestinian electronic ensemble, and an original piece by a Serbian-American composer. The album has a number of guest artists, including the Azerbaijani Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Terry Riley playing tambura and Wu Man playing electric sitar.

Ry Cooder - Chavez Ravine (2005)

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Ry Cooder - Chavez Ravine (2005)

Ry Cooder - Chávez Ravine (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans ~ 695 Mb
Americana, Tex-Mex, Latin Jazz | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79877-2 | Time: 01:10:07

Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder is the twelfth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the first concept album and historical album by Ry Cooder which tells the story of Chávez Ravine, a Mexican-American community demolished in the 1950s in order to build public housing. The housing was never built. Ultimately the Brooklyn Dodgers built a stadium on the site as part of their move to Los Angeles. Chávez Ravine was nominated for "Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album" in 2006.

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956, Volumes 1-3 (1999-2001) 4CDs

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Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956, Volumes 1-3 (1999-2001) 4CDs

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy in South America (1999-2001) 4CDs
Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956, Volumes 1-3

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 606 Mb | Scans ~ 106 Mb
Label: Consolidated Artists Productions | # CAP 933-935 | Time: 04:24:04
Bop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Big Band

In the summer of 1956, the famed Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell arranged for Dizzy Gillespie to embark on a worldwide goodwill-ambassador tour sponsored by the State Department. Gillespie and an all-star big band featuring trumpeter Quincy Jones, the late trombonist Melba Liston, alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and tenor saxophonist Benny Golson performed in Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil to frenzied, beret-wearing fans. Recordings were made but they weren't commercially available and were played only for a select group of musicians before Gillespie's death in 1993. Now the sides have been released, showcasing Dizzy at his bebopping best.

Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas - A Time to Remember (2023)

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Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas - A Time to Remember (2023)

Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas - A Time to Remember (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 224 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 126 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:53:44
Ethnic Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: ECM Records

A Time To Remember is a continuation of the special synergy that inhabited Elina Duni’s acclaimed Lost Ships and finds her regrouping with that album’s quartet of guitarist Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel on flugelhorn and Fred Thomas on percussion and piano. As the title suggests, the notion of ‘time’ pulls through the programme like a theme, connecting music from different parts of the world – traditionals, popular songs and original compositions – in performances of deep lyricism but also fleet-footed folklore. The repertory spans Albanian and Kosovan traditionals, American songs like the Broadway classic “I’ll Be Seeing You” and Stephen Sondheim’s musical ballad “Send In The Clowns” as well as originals by Rob and Elina. Commenting on the group’s last effort, Jazzwise said that “the sum of Duni and Luft’s work together seems greater than their individual achievements, where concept and conceptualisation have combined to produce a classic.” A Time To Remember should confirm that proposition and further expands on the qualities explored previously.