Content by tag "Wicklow"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Laswell and Sacred System: Imaginary Cuba: Deconstructing Havana

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This is “piecemeal” music, spliced together in a studio by Bill Laswell to present a sound–picture of modern–day Havana, Cuba. It’s world music, not Jazz, and how well the enterprise succeeds is, we presume, in the ear of the beholder. Laswell has been called (by Billboard magazine) “way ahead of his time.” He may be well ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Juan Carlos Formell: Songs from a Little Blue House

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Wicklow records says Juan Carlos Formell's debut recording is solo (except for one or more guest appearances by guitarist Mark Whitfield). If so, he's either doing a lot of programming or he has more than two hands (and one voice). There's a rhythm section on most numbers, a vocal group on others, a muted trumpet on ...

Laurel Macdonald: Chroma

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Hey, give me a break, please! I’m a JAZZ reviewer! I don’t know why labels and/or distributors bother to send me recordings like this. As far as I know, Laurel Macdonald may be tops in her field — trouble is, I don’t know what or where that field is. I can’t pretend to review music about ...