Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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Afro Rock Volume 1- V/A- 2001, KONA Records
Afro-Beat is a style especially popularized by Nigerian born Fela Kuti. The songs on Afro Rock Vol.1 combine funky basslines, jazzy horns, african percussion and soulful lyrics. Jingo starts the party off with an uptempo groovin' track called "Fever". "Heavy Heavy Heavy" is a light and playful track with a blissful vocal along with extended organ solos. Mercury Dance Band's 'Envy No Good" reminds me of Ethiopiques #4 due to it's raw sound and arresting guitar solos. Other influences on this compilation appear to be Orchestra Baobab, Os Mutantes and James Brown. I challenge you to put this on and not move your body. Highly essential!!
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The Blue Note Years, Vol.5- The Avant Garde 1963-1967, 1999, Blue Note
Much of the artists featured on this compilation are free jazz and fusion oriented, but these songs are showcasing their less discordant music. This is still top-shelf jazz but with a more straight-ahead sound to please people who love adventurous music with more of a traditional jazz feel. Plenty of out-of print songs are featured on here such as Grachan Moncur's "Monk in Wonderland" and "Thandiwa". It features a great cross section of the true masters of free jazz such as Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Sam Rivers, Don Cherry and Ceil Taylor. I look at this record as being a gateway to some of these artist's more experimental work. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.
- Larry Young- The Moontrane
- Andrew Hill- Black Fire
- Andrew Hill- Siete Ocho
- Jackie McLean- Frankenstein
- Jackie McLean-Kahlil The Prophet
- Tony Williams- Tomorrowow Afternoon
- Sam Rivers- Luminous Monolith
- Grachan Moncur III- Thandiwa
- Eric Dolphy- Hat and Beard
- Grachan Moncur III- Monk In Wonderland
- Andrew Hill- New Monastery
- Eric Dolphy- Out to Lunch
- Ornette Coleman- Dawn
- Ornette Coleman- Broad Way Blues
- Don Cherry- There Is the Bomb
- Cecil Tayor- Steps
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Here is an added bonus for US Maple fans. This show was recorded on 5-22-04 at Dante's in Portland, OR. I was fortunate enough to spot someone in the crowd who was recording the show, and I scored a copy of the show from him.
Addendum: Someone in the comments section named Chenaux alerted me that this show is no longer active, so I have re-upped this link below.