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Les Amazones De Guinee – “Wamato” – [Sterns Music]

Hemroid The Leader   2/1/2018   CD, International

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.

Price, William – “Rush Hour” – [Ablaze Records]

Hemroid The Leader   1/4/2018   A Library, CD

 

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.

Kazakhstan Musique D’Almati/Music From Almati [coll] – [Disques VDE-Gallo]

Hemroid The Leader   1/4/2018   CD, International

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.

Allen, Marshall Volcano Quartet – “Volcano Swing” – [Vibraphone Records]

Hemroid The Leader   12/28/2017   CD, Jazz

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.

Burrell, Kenny – “Cool Cookin'” – [Cadet Records]

Hemroid The Leader   12/19/2017   12-inch, Jazz

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.

Rota, Nino – “Concerto Di Musiche Da Film” – [Cam]

Hemroid The Leader   12/19/2017   12-inch, Soundtrack

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.

Gubaidulina, Sofia – “Chamber Pieces For Bayan, Cela, Organ & String Orchestra” – [Art & Electronics]

Hemroid The Leader   12/19/2017   A Library, CD

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Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931) was a Russian composer who pushed boundaries, tonalities, forms and sounds. This displeased the Russian academy. However, she received the support of Dmitri Shostakovich, who championed her work, thereby providing cover.

Three long tunes, 17, 17, ans 38 minutes. These chamber pieces feature the Bayan, the Russian push-button accordion, a folk instrument. According to banyan player Friedrich Lips, these works, like all works by Gubaidulina, spring from “the collision of two beginnings — good and evil.”

Newsome, Sam – “Straight Horn of Africa, The a Path to Liberation” – [Self Released]

Hemroid The Leader   12/19/2017   CD, Jazz

Solo soprano sax originals by Sam Newsome, who was in Terence Blanchard’s band in the 90s. A solo investigation, “The Straight Horn of Africa,” ventures to many places – swinging, otherworldly sounds, African nature sounds, American jazz sounds, Mimmo-isms, Afrobeat and Highlife — it’s all here. Really cool sounds, pure, beautiful, strange.

Mbaye, Jimi – “Dakar Heart” – [Shanachie Entertainment]

Hemroid The Leader   12/19/2017   CD, International

Mamadou “Jimi” Mbaye (em-BY) is a Senegalese guitarist who makes his guitar sound like traditional african string instruments xalam/khalam and kora. 11 rocking tunes, this is his 1st album released in ’97. Guitarist for Youssou N’dour’s Super Etoile band. songs in wolof, french, & english. The polished sound of Senegalese mbalax pop is not for everyone but if you can get past it, there’s a lot to enjoy here. Track 3, 11.

Brooklyn Rider – “Spontaneous Symbols” – [In a Circle Records]

Hemroid The Leader   12/7/2017   CD, Jazz

New-music string quartet with compositions from Brooklyn composers Tyondai Braxton (Battles), Kyle Sanna, and others. You may wonder, “Why?” as the album starts with technically very difficult yet musically vacant material. Progressing through the material, I had a hard time connecting. Track 8 “Sequence …” is very different: seductive, melodic. Listening to the CD on repeat, successive listens were more interesting. I still feel special about Track 8 but… I dunno. Now it’s in your hands.

Singleton, Alvin – “Sing to The Sun” – [Albany Records]

Hemroid The Leader   11/26/2017   A Library, CD

This is the fourth CD devoted to the works of Alvin Singleton (b. 1940) and our second in the library. These five important chamber works were composed between 1971 and 2003. From 71 to 85 he lived overseas returning to the US as resident composer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Track 1 is vibes and piano. Track 2 solo flute workout. Track 3 features Children’s Chorus w/male speaker. Track 4 features clarinet quartet. Track 5 is clarinet and piano.

Escreet, John – “Unknown, The” – [Sunnyside Records]

Hemroid The Leader   11/21/2017   CD, Jazz

Totally improvised music from talented improvisers, quality live recording. Pianist John Escreet adds Evan Parker to his working trio of bassist John Hebert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The quartet has recorded previously in 2014. This Feb 2016 live recording in Holland documents their first time playing completely improvised music. Two long Tunes, from consecutive dates- the first 45 minutes the second 30 minutes and it ends with the audience clapping. Well worth it. Shows a lot of range from sensitive Stillness to overblown Madness. Top-level musicianship. Tyshawn Sorey is a great drummer.

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