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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.

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.

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