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Various Artists: The Harry Smith B-Sides

Read "The Harry Smith B-Sides" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

An anthology of music is a mirror of the world. It says something about a specific time, a place, a genre, a label, or the life story of an artist. But in a few rare cases, an anthology can also help shape a musical landscape. In that sense, it becomes a musical map that not only ...

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Various Artists: Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music

Read "Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Every audio medium has its champions from CD oldies to tape hipsters and lossless purists, but those who like to play big discs with a needle instead of a laser should not be lumped into such a vulgar category as vinyl revivalists. It's both a question of material and size, and true afficionados prefer the fragile ...

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Various Artists: New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA

Read "New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The distance between New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) and Havana (Cuba) is almost exactly 670 miles, about a two-hour flight. But it takes only one listen to Putumayo Records' anthology New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA to bridge the distance between the two. With such a wide and colorful net to cast, assembling this collection ...

Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti

Read "Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Bahama Soul Club Bohemia After Dawn Buyú Records 2020 Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz ...

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Various Artists: Indaba Is

Read "Indaba Is" reviewed by Chris May

There are probably several reasons why American jazz made the deep and lasting impact it did on South Africa in the 1950s. One may be that the colonial regime which was imposed on the country during Europe's pan-African nineteenth-century landgrab was among the most vicious of them all, and persisted the longest through the apartheid system ...

Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Label: BMG
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kesha: Children of the Revolution; Nick Cave: Cosmic Dancer; Joan Jett: Jeepster; Devendra Banhart: Scenescof; Lucinda Williams: Life's a Gas; Peaches: Solid Gold, Easy Action; BØRNS: Dawn Storm; Beth Orton: Hippy Gumbo; King Khan: I Love to Boogie; Gaby Moreno: Beltane Walk; U2 with Elton John: Bang a Gong (Get It On) ; John Cameron Mitchell: Diamond Meadows; Emily Haines: Ballrooms of Mars; Father John Misty: Main Man; Perry Farrell: Rock On; Elysian Fields: The Street and Babe Shadow; Gavin Friday: The Leopards; Nena: Metal Guru; Marc Almond: Teenage Dream; Helga Davis: Organ Blues; Todd Rundgren: Planet Queen; Jesse Harris: Great Horse; Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl: Mambo Sun; Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon: Pilgrim's Tale; David Johansen: Bang a Gong (Get It On) [Reprise]; Maria McKee & Gavin Friday: She Was Born to Be My Unicorn / Ride a White Swan.

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Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases we focus on new projects by saxophonists Ben Wendel (as leader and sideman of Tom Guarna, Nubya Garcia (revisiting Joe Henderson for the Blue Note Re:imagined project, and as member of Maisha. Also noteworthy the new project of drummers Cindy Blackman Santana (with ...

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The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2

Read "The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A classical musical upbringing; a deep knowledge of contemporary classical masters; a career that rapidly saw him develop affinities and life-long collaborations with mainstream and forward-looking jazz musicians, both from the US and from abroad; equally at home with fusion, pop and rock. In sum, Kenny Kirkland epitomized that kind of musician that defies categorization which ...

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Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined

Read "Blue Note Re:imagined" reviewed by Chris May

The idea—honouring Blue Note's legacy while mapping out a possible future—promises much. The actuality is a curate's egg. The sixteen artists each interpreting a classic Blue Note-associated tune are not, as the label's American publicity has it, among the London scene's “most exciting young talents." A few are, but not many. The sixteen are instead an ...


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