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Jef Stott: Arkana

Read "Arkana" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Arkana is the tenth release by multi-instrumentalist and ethno-conceptualist Jef Stott, one of several artists forging new music through the merger of modern technology and electronic music with indigenous and historical music from around the world--in Stott's case, India and the surrounding region. And the world came very close to never hearing it: Thieves broke into ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Britain to Boogaloo

Read "From Britain to Boogaloo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Chris BarberMemories of My TripProper American Records2011 You will find very few jazz retrospectives more thoroughly, warmly inviting than Memories of My Trip, which celebrates six decades of recording and performing by one of Britain's most enduring traditional jazz musicians--trombonist, bassist and bandleader Chris Barber. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jef Stott Releases "Arcana"

Jef Stott Releases "Arcana"

There’s a luminescent, nearly indescribable feeling you get when walking through the Playa, Burning Man’s center, after sundown. In this empty desert 50,000 people have joined forces with too much diesel and an endless supply of imagination to, as San Francisco-based artist Jef Stott says, share in this “container for radical self-expression.” The sentiment is so ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Africa: 50 Years of Music - 50 Years of Independence

Read "Africa: 50 Years of Music - 50 Years of Independence" reviewed by Chris May

Various ArtistsAfrica: 50 Years of Music: 50 Years of IndependenceSterns2010 “In my country alone, there are 80 ethnic groups and 200 dialects," says the Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango in an interview in the booklet enclosed with this box set. “So it's hard to talk about Cameroonian music ...

Algerian Singer Mixes Rock and Rai

Algerian Singer Mixes Rock and Rai

An old-school rock star headlined SummerStage in Central Park on Saturday afternoon. Grinning and unshaven, he strutted around the stage, sang in a knowing growl and cued his band for extended, hard-grooving versions of songs using fuzz-toned guitar riffs over a dance beat. Rachid Taha, the Algerian rock star, with his band at Central Park SummerStage ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Montreal Jazz Festival Day 11: July 8, 2007

Read "Montreal Jazz Festival Day 11: July 8, 2007" reviewed by John Kelman

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5-1 | Day 5-2 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11 The final day of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is a free one (with the exception of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Rachid Taha: Diwan 2

Read "Rachid Taha: Diwan 2" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Rachid TahaDiwan 2Universal Music France2006 It is tempting to view Diwan 2 as a “roots" album: there is a preponderance of covers of older material, and the instrumentation leans substantially less on distorted electric guitar than did Rachid Taha's last album, the phenomenal Tékitoi (Wrasse, 2004). As on ...


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