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Fairuz – “Legendary Fairuz, The: Lebanon” – [EMI Hemisphere]

Hemroid The Leader   11/14/2017   CD, International

Live recordings. Oum Kalthoum and Fairouz are the two most beloved female singers in the Arab world. Fairouz is considered more accessible to Western ears. If you ask the taxi driver in Amman which is greater, he will tell you it is an unfair question that is impossible to answer.

In the words of Amazon reviewer K.S.A.: “I love it; it contains all famous songs for Fairoz. Also, packaging method is representing an expert person. Generally, I’m satisfied 100% from this deal. I suggest increasing your library for Fairoz.
Thank you”

Don Chuito – “El Maestro” – [P.R. Records]

Hemroid The Leader   11/4/2017   CD, International

Originally issued in 1977, a jewel of the national discography! Jibaro are the mountain-dwelling inland people of Puerto Rico. Don Chuito’s voice is wonderful. Nieves Quintero on the Cuatro, the 10-string national instrument of P.R. Enjoy this like the dog on the cover.

SharkiRoma – “Vayu Sharki” – [Self Released]

Hemroid The Leader   10/25/2017   CD, International

SharkiRoma is a band of Japanese gypsies from Tokyo. This “original Gypsy style unit” is anchored by Violin, oud, and hand percussion and supported by guest musicians on accordion harmonica vocals and violin. These guys play belly dance shows in Tokyo Live rooms. Track 10 is a take on Wagner’s Walk??re.

Corigliano, John – “Conjurer/Vocalise” – [Naxos World]

Hemroid The Leader   10/25/2017   A Library, CD

To John corigliano the problem with writing a percussion concerto was that “the very thing that makes it the perfect accent to other orchestral sonorities makes it unsatisfactory when it takes the spotlight in a concerto.” To write Conjurer, he distilled his concept into wood, metal, and skin. Profoundly deaf Scottish percussion Master Dame Evelyn Glennie introduces the 3 choirs via cadenzas which are taken up by the orchestra.
In Vocalise, a singer and Philharmonic Orchestra begin acoustically and amplification and electronics are introduced.

Tahiti – The Gauguin Years: Songs and Dances [coll] – [Nonesuch Records]

Hemroid The Leader   10/25/2017   CD, International

Before westerners brought their diseases to the island, Tahiti’s main problem was overcrowding. An extremely rigid caste system kept everybody in place. Supernatural tabus hovered overhead. No mistakes were made, existence was predetermined. Genealogies, war stories, talisman chant, percussion, and dance reinforce the social structure and warded off bad vibes. Some hula and beautiful and then some very primal.

Een, Robert – “Mystery Dances” – [Starkland]

Hemroid The Leader   10/11/2017   A Library, CD

Robert Een (b. 1952) is a composer, vocalist, and cellist best known as part of Meredith Monk’s ensemble. Sounds like Philip Glass playing belly dance. Several of the works were composed for a 10-man dance ensemble. Dirge for Julius is for Julius Eastman.

DeKoven – “DeKoven!” – [Amphion]

Hemroid The Leader   10/10/2017   12-inch, Classical

Found in the Classical library.”Very little musical talk,” reads the librarian’s ballpoint on the reverse. Seymour DeKoven’s home station was WFUV Fordham University. Some listeners found his quirky mannerisms annoying: he played exclusively music from the baroque and rococo eras, omitting the slow movements, characterizing it OTW, Out of This World, or OTG, for Galaxy or OTU for Universe. He called his style Barococo. Play this if you hate the listeners. I know some of you hate The Listener because I’ve heard your shows.

*Klein, Phil – “John The Revelator” – [Cantaloupe Music]

Hemroid The Leader   8/30/2017   A Library, CD

Phil Kline, (x- Del-Byzanteens) out on Cantaloupe Music, here sets the ordinary Mass for chorus and the Propers for chorus and string quartet. Texts for the propers come from a variety of sources from the Bible to Samuel Beckett and are meant to describe a narrative of redemption in a blighted world. Performed by the Lionheart chorus and the Ethel string quartet. Track 10 features Kline on organ.

Harold Trio, The – “Harold Trio, The” – [Edgetone Records]

Hemroid The Leader   8/22/2017   CD, Jazz

The result of an exchange between the Washington and Sweden chapters of Women in Jazz, The Harold Trio recorded this in LA for Edgetone Records in May 2016. All three women are international performers, working in places as diverse as India, Brazil, Uganda, and Sweden. They bring a broadly-informed sound that draws on jazz, classical musics, and improvisation to these impressionistic improvised tunes.

Amy K Bormet (piano/wurlitzer/voice)
Biggi Vinkeloe (alto saxophone/flute)
Tina Raymond (drumset)

Djordjevic, Milica – “Deutscher Musikrat” – [Wergo]

Hemroid The Leader   8/16/2017   A Library, CD

Serbian composer Milica Djordjevic (JOR ja vitch) was born in 1984 in Belgrade. 7 intently focused unpackings: thorough examinations of musical structure. Melody, harmony, rhythm, and many other conventional musical concerns are in the background. Stasis, tension, upheaval. The liner notes talk about it as crashes and reboots.
Track 1 commissioned and performed by the Arditti Quartet. Notations in the score include unpitched/noise bowing, highest possible tones, bowing on the bridge, huge glissandoing.
Well Organized.

Tinariwen – “Radio Tisdas Sessions, The” – [World Village]

Hemroid The Leader   8/9/2017   CD, International

West African mono chordal desert trance music. Psychedelic droning guitars. Tamasheq (Touareg) are a Saharan nomadic people who were in conflict with the government of Mali in the 80s, armed by Qaddafi. Tinariwen was formed in a Libyan camp for Tomashek rebels. This was Tinariwen’s first western release after a series of regional tapes. Track one sung by a guy who’d been shot 17 times.

Sharrock, Linda Network, The – “They Begin to Speak” – [Improvising Beings]

Hemroid The Leader   8/7/2017   CD, Jazz

Somewhere between AHH! and UH! lie these collectively improvised free jazz livestock orgies out on improvising beings. The same 50-minute-plus composition is performed in the studio on disc 1 and live on disc 2. Linda Sharrock’s post-stroke vocals are wild and primal. Very challenging and rewarding. The sidemen are right along with her, Itaru Oki, Makoto Sato, Eric Zinman, Mario Rechturn et al. CD1’s larger group’s collective improvising recalls Ornette Coleman Free Jazz LP. CD2 is a smaller group and it gets raw.

Corsano / Courvoisier / Wooley – “Salt Task” – [Relative Pitch Records]

Hemroid The Leader   8/7/2017   CD, Jazz

Chris Corsano – drums
Sylvie Courvoisier – piano
Nate Wooley – trumpet

The premiere recording of this lineup, in Brooklyn 2015. These four tracks work out a very promising relationship. Wooley and corsano come from a DIY/free music background and Courvoisier was educated at the conservatory in Lausanne. But maybe these distinctions are not very important as they are having a very advanced musical discussion.
The first track is 21 minutes long and it is the wildest and most tenuous. They continue to explore through the next two and by the last tune there is a sound. This band has a great sound and I think they would be crazy not to record more of it.

William Parker Quartets: Meditation / Resurrection [coll] – [Aum Fidelity]

Hemroid The Leader   7/26/2017   CD, Jazz

Follow up to 2016’s Wood Flute Songs oversize box. All compositions William Parker. In the tradition of Mingus and Ellington. Both CDs recorded live on the same day in 2016.
Parker’s namesake quartet on CD1 features OKC’s Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson on trumpet, CD2 In Order To Survive quartet features Cooper-Moore on piano. Both CDs feature Parker-bass, Rob Brown-alto, Hamid Drake- drums.
CD1 – Kalvert-Nelson on “Rodney’s Resurrection”. Brown on “Handsome Lake.” Drake and Parker swing hard all disc.
CD2 – Cooper-Moore channels Cecil Taylor and Don Pullen. Check out “Some Lake Oliver.” Parker’s bow on “Sunrise ..” lets you know he is completely in control.

Stalling, Carl – “Carl Stalling Project (Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons, The” – [Warner Bros.]

Hemroid The Leader   7/5/2017   CD, Soundtrack

Carl Stalling composed the scores for Warner Brothers Cartoons from 1936 to 1958. He is one of three composers credited with the invention of the click track. He had the 50 piece Warner Brother Orchestra at his disposal and was encouraged to use the Warner Brothers back catalog in his compositions. He developed the surrealist “Looney Tunes” style of rapid-fire musical quotations, puns, and sound effects.

Kelley, Greg – “Trumpet” – [Meniscus Records]

Hemroid The Leader   6/27/2017   A Library, CD

Solo trumpet. Non- musical approach. Gaseous outbursts from the release valve. Mouthpiece makeouts, valve thumping, brassy breathing, soft frantic knocking. Auto mechanic’s friend. Every once in a while it will startle you. Some tracks very quiet. Can you hear that noise?

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