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Various Artists: Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66

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This two-CD (or three-LP) compilation covers a period of musical history that remains under-documented but has been hugely influential on the ensuing half century. It brings together thirty-eight tracks by musicians of Nigerian or Ghanaian origin, recorded in Nigeria, Ghana or London, between 1954 and 1966. An indication of the music's vintage is that many of the tracks were originally issued on ten-inch 78 rpm shellac discs or seven-inch 45'sÍž however, there can be no quibbles about the sound quality ...

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The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River

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Suspect as its concept appears, at least at first, The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River is another entry in the remarkable creative canon of Bob Dylan. And though the man himself does not perform here, he was nevertheless (in)directly involved: he had to give permission for the usage of a clutch of his lyrics from 1967 uncovered during exhumation of material for his 'Bootleg Series' of archive titles. And if the presence of T-Bone Burnett gives ...

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Into The Light: Music of Korea V

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The Korean Arts Management Service (KAMS) has put a great deal of energy and resources into promoting the Korean performance arts abroad in the past nine years. Music is one of its biggest exports, with traditional and contemporary Korean music increasingly finding its way into the World Music, jazz and numerous arts festivals of the world. The crossroads where jazz and contemporary improvised music meet was presented in the excellent third volume of Into The Light: Traditional Music ...

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Various Artists: Six Degrees Records' Psychedelic Planet

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Comprising new remixes of recent tunes from the label's catalog, Six Degrees Records' Psychedelic Planet colorfully spins and orbits around its electronic global beat. Psychedelic Planet seems to offer as many different styles and sounds as there are stars in the sky. Jef Stott's ethereal horn floats through the murky “White Tara (Vlastur Remix)" like the ghost of Christmas past famously hovering over Ebenezer Scrooge's bed. The dub instrumental style--stretched out and spaced out reggae--informs the shapes of ...

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Various Artists: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade

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The fifteen tracks on Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade reflect the refractive impact of the global social upheaval of the 1960s and early '70s--including and especially the wild and wooly rock and psychedelic music of the era--on the popular music of Peru, with each track remastered and restored from original tape reels licensed from the original Peruvian labels. (This is the second such compilation of Peru's music from Tiger's Milk Records, following Peru Maravilloso: Vintage ...

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Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg

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Every. One. Of. These. Tracks. Is. A. Keeper. To be swept up in a fervor when listening to music (always an unexpected pleasure) and finding it next to impossible not to write about the experience--during as well as after--is the dream all music journalists crave and celebrate every time they find themselves returning to that zone. Indeed, and in case you didn't know, every one of the writers you read here at allboutjazz.com writes for free. Why? My guess is ...

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Various Artists: It's Christmas On Mack Avenue

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The Detroit-based Mack Avenue imprint has built quite an artist roster over the past fifteen years, so why not boast about it and toast the holidays in the process? It's Christmas On Mack Avenue does just that, turning a spotlight on label mainstays, fairly new signings, heavy hitters, and rapidly ascending stars. It also makes it clear that Christmas is far more interesting on Mack Avenue than it is on Any Street, U.S.A. The album opens on ...

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Various Artists: Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors

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Southern California-based Purple Pyramid Records and producer, instrumentalist Billy Sherwood raised the bar with this tribute to The Doors by convening a star-studded cast, featuring classic rockers performing with progressive rock luminaries. And the jazz contingent is onboard, evidenced by jazz guitar great Larry Coryell appearing with Focus keyboardist Thijs Van Leer on “Love Me Two Times." When I first broke the seal on this recording and perused the personnel listing I was delighted yet partly suspicious, fearing ...



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