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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 “I Like Your Afro (Dub Colossus Dub Mix)" by Kemekem and “Yo Te Amo (Waterpark Mix)" by Pacifika, plump with ...

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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 Latin, Tropical and Cumbia). As you'd expect, Peru Bravo presents a multicolored, kaleidoscopic journey full of mileposts familiar ...

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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 because they 1) haven't been given a paying assignment on what they are writing about, 2) they just need to ...

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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 trumpeter Sean Jones' charged take on “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," featuring some strong solo work from the leader ...

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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 this would be an unbalanced project and/or a riffing contest framed on The Doors songbook. Such is not the case. ...

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Various Artists: Impulsively Ellington!: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

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It's not hard to find Duke Ellington cover songs. Nearly every jazz musician alive (and many long dead) has covered an Ellington tune or two. Some have done entire albums. Ella Fitzgerald did a three-CD set. Many covers are so well-known and so ordinary, they're hardly worth finding. “Sophisticated Lady" has been done to death. Ditto “Satin Doll." I'm not sure the world needs another cover version of either. I choose the path less traveled. Lately, I've been listening to a dandy collection called “Impulsively Ellington"--a 2-CD set of Ellington covers recorded by various ...

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Various Artists: Peru Maravillloso

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Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia demonstrates what's best about the digital media revolution: It resurrects 15 singles released by homegrown Peruvian labels across the 1960s and '70s, two of the most vibrant musical decades in the history of Peru (and just about everywhere else). Compiled by label managers Duncan Ballantyne, Andres Tapia and Martin Morales, it presents the lively South American styles of cumbia and guaracha and more electric sounds of chicha with strains of music from the Caribbean and Cuba leaking through like radio static. As you'd expect, this robust and hearty musical stew of ...



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