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    Twinkle Brothers – “Twinkle In Poland” – [Twinkle Records]

    twinkle in poland cover

    Radio Poland journalist Wlodzimierz Kleszcz brought Norman Grant to Poland in 1986, paying him with studio time. Kleszcz saw a connection between the roots music of Jamaica and Poland – a link between ex-slaves and the Polish Gorale ex-serfs. The music feels earnest but forced at times, like the material is not fully developed. Psalms 23 is Grant chanting the bible. Whatever its deficits, it is endearing. Just before the wall fell, searching for a connection.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on March 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Reggae
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  • Hamasyan, Tigran – “Luys I Luso” – [ECM GmbH Records]

    cold foggy yerevan square

    Pianist Tigran Hamasyan accompanied by the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, playing Armenian sacred hymns and liturgical songs (sharakans) from the 5th to 20th c.
    Voices and piano. Hamasyan’s piano is very questioning. Mystical, dazzling – incense wafts. Things shift suddenly, it can be unsettling as the sounds crack and come back together. A ceremonial tone pervades throughout.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Insingizi – “Siyabonga We Thank You” – [Arc Music]

    three Zimbabweans in printed shirts looking up at something

    Transporting a capella trio. Polished world music from Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Their third album, their debut sold 250k in US/Canada.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 28, 2018 at 4:29 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Art Zoyd – “44 1/2 At a Glance” – [Cuneiform Records]

    planetary flame and lava births

    9 tracks from Cuneiform Records’ 14-CD set “44 1/2: Live and Unreleased Works” Art Zoyd are founding members of the Rock In Opposition movement. Challenging material. Fans argue about who describes it right. More intellectual than Magma. Demented chamber prog. Impressionistic electronic soundtracks. Jaunty rituals.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Kouyate, Bassekou & Ngoni Ba – “Segu Blue” – [Out Here Rec]

    band on rug with ngoni

    Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba play pentatonic Sahara bluegrass. Straight out of Bamako, Mali, Kouyate has played his electric ngoni alongside Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate. Mixed by Jerry Boys, who recorded & mixed Buena Vista Social Club.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 21, 2018 at 3:19 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Rakotozafy – “Valiha Malaza (Famous Valiha)” – [Ace Records Ltd./Virgin]

    rakoto zafy and valiha

    Voice and box zither. Notes contain the lyrics. Great addition to the GLOBESTYLE Madigasikara series. Legends surround the life and death of Rakotozafy. Drank himself to death in 6 days or died in a jailhouse hunger strike. He was an exceptional box-style valiha (tube zither) player, adding strings and increasing in size, expanding the range and power of the instrument. A hit, recorded by Jean-Francois de Comarmond in 1962 for the DiscoMad label.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 21, 2018 at 11:18 am
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Na Leo Hawai’i Kahiko [coll] – [Bernice P. Bishop Museum]

    black and white old photos of hawaiian chanters

    Excellent resource for understanding the evolution of Hawaiian music, produced by the Bernice Pauahi Museum, the Hawai’i State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai’i and has the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens.

    Tracks 1-34 are mele (chants), sometimes with drumming, nose flute, or body slapping. The chanters were born in the middle of the 19th c. Recorded on wax cylinder sessions from 1923 and 1935. Sparse, ritualistic. Fans of Yage Pinta and Lost Shadows will find much to enjoy.

    Tracks 35-48 are early 20th c. recordings & 78s foregrounding how Hawaiian music absorbed the influences of hymns and ragtime and with the addition of guitars and ukeleles, evolved into Hawaiian folk music we know today.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 20, 2018 at 4:15 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Ethiopian Urban and Tribal Music Mindanoo Mistiru Gold From [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

    wood face carving

    5 STARS ** FAR OUT SOUNDS
    Ethiopian music recorded by Ragnar Johnson and Ralph Harrison in July and August 1971, released by Sub Rosa in 2017. The urban musicians are recorded in Addis Ababa and the tribal musicians in the country. The booklet tells who is playing what for each track. I became entranced while listening to the three note phrase at the heart of the Fila Flute Dance (CD2#10). Upon repeated listens the otherworldly Bagana (CD2#4) lute and the Two Afar Flutes (CD1#5) wrapped around my head and popped my brain out the top, my eyeballs from the front and my tongue lolled forth like a necktie.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Stein, Norbert/ Pata Messengers – “We are Here For You/ Derby Girl” – [Pata Music]

    norbert stein pata messengers, We Are CD cover

    German tenor saxophonist Norbert Stein calls his high-minded yet addictive European jazz quartet the Pata Messengers, after patyaphysics, an “an imaginary realm additional to metaphysics” developed by the Parisian absurdist Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). Fluid from freedom to in time, according to Michael Rusenberg, “Pata music floats in a large area of brackish water … between singable waltz … and complete dissolution of the meter.”
    Drummer Etienne Nillesen uses only a prepared snare drum and cymbal for a kit and makes it work very well. Philip Zoubek is Stein’s first piano player and rounds out the proceedings, you can hear the difference between this and the other Stein / Pata Music releases in our library.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Yerovi, Claudio Aizaga – “El Hombre De America” – [Banco Central De Ecuador]

    Claudio Aizaga Yerovia (1925-2008) was a prolific composer and choir director from Ecuador. Here are 12 songs for voice and piano. Aizaga at the piano. Beautiful songs. Great addition to our library of a relatively obscure voice.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Les Amazones De Guinee – “Wamato” – [Sterns Music]

    wamato cover - sax, guitars

    Les Amazones De Guinee are an all-woman band who also members of the Guinean army. This is their first record in 25 years and 2nd overall. Typical of Guinean music, many rhythms intermesh to make this music. Hectoring lead vocals, smooth backing vocals, intricate guitar lines, powerful saxophones, and percussion overlap.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • German Air Force Band – “More German Military Marches & Polkas Vol.2” – [Legacy International]

    cover

    Suitable for Oktoberfest celebrations. Enjoy some weisswurst and play under the tree, and tap your foot along on the beer-keg. Brings back many memories!

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 31, 2018 at 2:51 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Moskowitz, Joseph – “Art of The Cymbalom, The” – [Rounder Records]

    Joseph moskowitz

    Joseph Moskowitz was America’s premier performer on an unusual and difficult instrument — the Hungarian cymbalom, a chordophone or “zither”. All the classics from many lands. Recordings made from 1916 to 1953. A Dick Spottswood production.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 30, 2018 at 6:09 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Price, William – “Rush Hour” – [Ablaze Records]

     william price rush hour cover

    Fixed media and electroacoustic music from Birmingham-based composer William Price. Inspired by diverse sources: the abstract paintings of Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter, the writings of James Joyce and Charles Bukowski, or more abstract concepts such as a practicing musician, discreet gestures, and meditation.

    Intense music that will crawl your mind. Software scopes, aggregates and dissects. Excellent sound design.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Kazakhstan Musique D’Almati/Music From Almati [coll] – [Disques VDE-Gallo]

    kazakh dombra player

    Almati/Almaty is the largest city/population center in Kazakhstan. 1.7m live there, 9% of Kazakhstan’s total population.?? Elevation 2500 feet.?? These recordings date from May 1994.
    Kazakh bards bow sacred lutes, sing microtonally, strum the two or three-stringed long-necked dombra, simple-structure songs with alien timbre and mesmerizing vocal technique.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Ward-Fernandez, Beatrix/Collins, Charlie – “View From The East” – [Found Property Recordings]

    beatrix ward fernandez
    charlie collins

    Found Property Recordings released this CDr?? documenting a 2008 performance in Sheffield, England by Thereminist extraordinaire Beatrix Ward-Fernandez and percussionist Charlie Collins – sounds in space. Architectural. Volumetric. One continuous performance – track breaks to facilitate use.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Allen, Marshall Volcano Quartet – “Volcano Swing” – [Vibraphone Records]

    volcano

    Marshall Allen Volcano Quartet, Volcano Swing

    Marshall Allen was part of the Sun Ra Arkestra and this band is a continuation of that. They were in London in 2011 when a volcano exploded in Iceland, grounding all lights. The band took a three-day residency at Cafe Oto in North London.

    They stopped by the BBC Radio to promote the gig and recorded this CD. First track is totally interstellar, but then they settle into a traumatic jazz quartet groove. the end of the CD there is a live interview and Marshall Allen reveals that he was a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra trapped in Seattle when Mount Saint Helens exploded in 1984.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Burrell, Kenny – “Cool Cookin'” – [Cadet Records]

    kenny burrell Cool cookin album cover

    Detroit guitarist Kenny Burrell recorded at the Village Vanguard with Rochard Davis (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Also includes a mess of reissues from his other Cadet albums, even Christmas tunes. This is head-in-the-clouds stuff, but not interstellar. “Cool” guitar jazz.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Montenegro, Hugo – “Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

    the good the bad and the ugly

    Gunslinger comes to town – Anti-Hero – Famous tunes, very evocative. Ennio Morricone wrote and Hugo Montenegro conducted. Spaghetti drama – one of the greatest scores of all time.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Rota, Nino – “Concerto Di Musiche Da Film” – [Cam]

    concerto di musiche da film nino sota

    Nino Rota composed the music for all of Fellii’s great films as well as The Godfather. This record documents a concert that took place in Tokyo on March 22, 1976, featuring Rota conducting the New Japan Philharmonic. Side A features tunes from The Godfather, and B are from Fellini movies.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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