As the Shez Raja Collective prepare for their album launch gig in the heart of Soho jazzland this week, the CD got wondering where the Mahavishnu Orchestra would be in 2010 if they’d been led by Jaco Pastorius; Mystic Radikal wouldn’t have been too far away – yep, It’s that good!
It’s probably stating the obvious but for all sorts of reasons, the music from the Balkans can be found all over the globe in various adaptations but this latest compilation on Green Queen Music is a healthy thermometer, London is the place for Balkan Fever London: mind the brass!
In the Barbican Hall last night, in an emotional but rousing evening’s music, one Malian superstar celebrated the memory of another.
The first in a series of four Signature Edition releases where the artist selects their own ‘Best Of’ tracks for a double CD set; and Nguy?™n L?™ is a very hard act to follow!
African music has more than its fair share of triumph-against-adversary stories. While the best-known and astonishing of these of recent years must be the disabled Congolese street band, Staff Benda Bilili, another ensemble to make inspirational music out of staggeringly bleak circumstances, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, deserves equal attention.
Wow! Those boys at Soundway are really too good for us folks as here’s the third release in the Panama! series and there’s a hell of a fire down below.
For fans of the Tal M. Klein, this is going to be a bit of a surprise in some ways as nearly everything he’s done to date is so FLY; but Magical Horses sees him take off.
The well informed will know that the literal translation of ‘forro’ is ‘party’ where like minded folks get together to have a good time and dance; so can Forro In The Dark light a candle to past masters?
For those with good memories and sharp eyes (and ears) will recall that in-between the Rockers Hi-Fi, Lightning Head and BiggaBush tracks on Lion Head Compilation Volume One, there was a certain nugget by the Magic Drum Orchestra and now there’s the full In The Studio album out on Lion Head Recordings; time to bang the drum.