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ABOUT Since their debut in 1992, it has been hard to imagine the Belgian jazz scene without the innovative Aka Moon. Their refreshing approach to jazz gives the trio a highly distinctive sound. Since their first encounter with the Aka Pygmies in 1992, Aka Moon’s focus has shifted towards various different African, Indian, Maghrebian, Cuban, Arab, Afro-American and European traditions. The unique place Aka Moon occupies in todays music scene is down to the fact that they, independent of any particular trends, combine art with inspired musical craftsmanship. Aka Moon juggles with polyrhythms and polyphonies like mad DJ’s


Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases

Read "Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases [for the first part ]. Here we focus on the new works of drummers Chad Taylor, with his trio and in the duo with James Brandon Lewis and Matt Wilson, the global jazz of the cult band Aka Moon and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini... ...

Constellations Box - 1992>2015

Label: Arcana - Outhere Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: CD 1 (Aka Moon): Aka Moves; Aka Moon; Aka Earth; Aka Truth; Aka Dance; Aka Bird; Aka Song.

CD 2 (Rebirth): Rebirth, Pt. 1 (Live); Rebirth, Pt. 2 (Live); Rebirth, Pt. 3 (Live); Rebirth, Pt. 4 (Live); Rebirth, Pt. 5 (Live); Bruit (Live).

CD 3 (Akasha Vol.1): As Known as Venus, Pt. 1; Danse pour un Ange; Alaknanda; Tiruvanamalaï, Pt. 1; Galileo, Galilei, Pt. 1; Namasté; Tiruvanamalaï, Pt. 2.

CD 4 (Akasha Vol.2): Bagherathi; First Tchaï; Rebirth, Pt. 6; Galileo, Galilei, Pt. 2; Tiruvanamalaï, Pt. 3; Eclipse in Mahabalipuram; As Known as Venus, Pt. 2.

CD 5 (Ganesh): Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: The Grace of Ganesh; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: Mandala; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: The Grace of Siva; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: Emptiness; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: Birds Talk to You; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: The Grace of Vishnu; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: Identification with the Tree; Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 1: Elohim on the Moon.

CD 6 (Elohim): Light Ship Tantra, Pt. 2: Ghandji (1); Sa N'Diaye / Too Long the River Deep; Samayaï Kaï; Story Telling's On; Elohim on the River / For Days on End; The River New; The River Blue.

CD 7 (Live at Vooruit): Sa (Live); Yaral Sadom (Live); Téélen, Pt. 1 (Live); Téélen, Pt. 2 "The River Blue" (Live); Jubo, Pt. 1 (Live); Jubo, Pt. 2 (Live); Jubo, Pt. 3 (Live).

CD 8 (Invisible Sun): Spiritualisation; Alchimie, Pt. 1; K'an; Eclipse; Alchimie, Pt. 2; Cosmic Duke; Tchen; Invisible Father; Alchimie, Pt. 3; Li; Offering; Peace.

CD 9 (Invisible Moon): Worlds of Possible; Brothers & Games; Dragon; The House of Siva; Three; The Wedding; Mother of Intuition.

CD 10 (Invisible Mother): Invisible Mother, Pt. 1; Invisible Mother, Pt. 2; Invisible Mother, Pt. 3; Invisible Mother, Pt. 4.

CD 11 (In Real Time): Dirty Play and Chaos Dance; Ursula and the Wind Dance; Alix; Marta and Rosalba; Sleeping Dance; Men's Dance; Sara; I Said I.

CD 12 (Guitars): A la luce di Paco, Act 1; A la luce di Paco, Act 2; A la luce di Paco, Act 3; Jimi's Three Words; The Last Call from Jaco; Scofield; From Influence to Innocence; Bill's Dream; Yang-Yin-Yang; Three Oceans.

CD 13 (Amazir): Amazir; Cuban No. 1; Vasco; Lila; 7 Wheels 0; Cuban No. 2 "St. Louis La Habana"; Invisible Horn; Cuban No. 3; Cuban No. 4; The Father Remixed

CD 14 (Culture Griot): Aka Djelia (Histoire de griot); Aka Teri Ya (Amitié); Aka Giulia (Dédié á la fille de Baba, Giulia); Aka Séli (La fête); Aka Mali Foli (Unis les Maliens); Aka So (La maison); Aka Folo Folo (Auparavant); Aka Télé (Notre époque); Aka Tama (Voyager).

CD 15 (DJ Grazzhoppa's Dj Bigband + Aka Moon): DJ Bigband Sound (Live); 7 Times (Live); Wonderful (Live); Continents (Live); Amazir (Live); Say Yeah (Live); 12 Sentences (Live); We Said We (Live); Solo Grazzhoppa (Live); Doudou (Live); Kaastrack (Live); Funky Mule (Live).

CD 16 (Unison): Omax1 (Tokyo); Michel Is Back; Stésté; Istanbul; Unison; For Drummers Only; Mirror; Fonès; East Berlin.

CD 17 (Aka Balkan Moon): Baba (Live); Dali (Live); Bulgarian Study (Live); Okio (Live); Mome Kalino (Live); A.K.A. Stésté (Live); Upon Mi-Si-La (Live)

CD 18 (AlefBa): Monkey (Live); Brume du matin (Live); Hadi (Live); Sinaï (Live); Comedia (Live); Divina Comedia (Live).

CD 19 (The Scarlatti Box): Aka 99; Aka 466; Aka 141; Aka 87; Aka 175; Aka 213; Aka 492; Aka 1; Aka 109.

CD 20 (Light Ship Trio): Elohim on the Moon; Mandala; Emptiness; Birds Talk to You; Identification with the Tree; Ghandji (The Unseizable Water).


Aka Moon - Una Doverosa Retrospettiva

Read "Aka Moon - Una Doverosa Retrospettiva" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Constellations Box 1992>2015 (OutThere Music) raccoglie i frutti dei primi 25 anni di attività del trio belga Aka Moon. La cosa che sorprende di più all'ascolto di questo voluminoso cofanetto è che il gruppo non abbia ancora ricevuto il riconoscimento internazionale che merita assolutamente. Nonostante la corposa discografia di altissimo livello finora realizzata, raccolta in questo ...


Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Read "Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe. Happy Listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...


Bill Frisell, Camille Bertault And More New Releases

Read "Bill Frisell, Camille Bertault And More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In episode 18 we feature an exclusive interview with rising French superstar Camille Bertault in advance of her New York concerts to promote her album Pas de géant and the preview Bill Frisell's upcoming Music Is, an instant classic which marks his return to the solo format and some of his earlier solo work. Also in ...


Label: Outhere Music
Released: 2017

Double Live

Label: Instinct Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disc 1: Baba; Dali; Bulgarian Study; Okio; Mome Kalino; A.K.A. Stésté; Upon Mi-Si-La; Disc 2: Monkey; Brume du Matin; Hadi; Sinaï; Misirli Ahmet; Comedia; Divina Comedia.


Aka Balkan Moon & AlefBa: Double Live

Read "Double Live" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The music of the Balkans has been progressively finding a prominent place among Western listeners of creative music in the past several years, though its presence has been a relevant factor for decades. Notably Raya Brass Band, Eastern Boundary Quartet and Balkan Beat Box have directly and indirectly incorporated the regional influences in the context of ...


Eric Legnini: The Afro Beat from Europe

Read "Eric Legnini: The Afro Beat from Europe" reviewed by Jean-Pierre Goffin

Starting very young with his own trio--Stéphane Galland (Aka Moon, Joe Zawinul, Lobi) on drums and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, bassist of the European Chet Baker's trio with Philip Catherine--Eric Legnini left jny: Brussels and has been living in jny: Paris since then, appearing first with drummer Aldo Romano, alto saxophonist Stefano Di Battista and trumpet player Flavio ...


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