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Happy Rhodes: Ectotrophia

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Music is a sanctuary from the world, but it is also a connection to the same world that one would like to escape. While ordinary language can fail in expressing feelings, music when it's best becomes an extension of breathing, a way of being.

This urgency in musical communication is felt in singer ...

Various Artists: Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights

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Close your eyes and dream for a moment. There are beaches and palm trees. Long drinks are served with parasols and consumed while relaxing in hammocks to the distant sound of bird calls and bongo drums. There is no stress and the only adventure is the kind you seek for yourself when you go out into ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Laraaji: Vision Songs Vol. 1

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In 2017, the Luaka Bop label released WORLD SPIRITUALITY CLASSICS 1: THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA and at the beginning of 2018, the time has come to unearth another cosmic classic: Laraaji's album Vision Songs Vol. 1. It was originally released in 1984, four years after his formal breakthrough with the album Day of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jackie Shane: Any Other Way

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The Chicago-based reissue label, Numero Group, has done much to resurrect musical gems of the past, especially in their acclaimed Eccentric Soul Series that has uncovered music released by forgotten labels like Capsoul, Deep City and Prix. The latest entry in the catalog is a musical monograph of the unsung soul singer, Jackie Shane, who finally ...