A wonderful batch of contemporary tango tunes from Quinteto El Despues – a group that features some sublime work on bandoneon by Victor Hugo Villena! Villena's got these dark tones and deft turns in his phrasing – matched with bass, guitar, violin, and piano – used at a level that has all the bold energy of some of the best new tango material by Astor Piazzolla! The sound is both timeless and immediate – and the group gets a bit of guest help on piercussion and cello at a few points, plus some lyrics from Sandra Rumolino. Titles include "Paris 2009", "Reflexiones", "Un Tren A Jose Paz", "Calles Lejanas", "Youkali", "Milonga Para Coco", and "Anos Atras". CD
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Assagai ... CD Vertigo/Prog Temple (UK), 1971. New Copy ...
Around December 10, 2014
An excellent bit of UK Afro-Funk – recorded at the beginning of the 70s by a group that included members of the legendary South African jazz combo The Blue Notes: Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Louis Moholo. In a way, we should be disappointed that the players had had to move away from straight jazz, into what was almost a pandering colonialist mode that would have sold more records than their usual jazz bag – but this one's so hard and funky we can forgive them for the shift! There's some great horn work on the record – with the kind of "out" soloing you might expect from the group, laid out over heavy drums and good bass-heavy funk. Titles include "Akasa", "Telephone Girl", and "Cocoa". CD
A great little package that brings together killer cuts from bit wave of calypso in the 50s – all served up in a beautiful retro-styled cover and a limited edition 10" LP! The music here is the sort of harder-biting, rougher-rocking calypso that played bit in the West Indian underground of the time, and in London as well – not the smoother commercial work of Harry Belafonte, but the kind of adult, sexual material that set the scene for other Caribbean genres to come. Titles include "Big Bamboo" by Duke Of Iron, "Me Ting Is Mine" by Orchestral Overtures, "Muriel & The Bug" by Lord Kitchener, "Don't Touch Me Tomato" by Maria Bryant, "Is She Is Or Is She Ain't" by The Charmer, "Gin & Coconut Water" by Blind Blake, and "Whey You Want To Touch It For" by Small Island Pride. LP, Vinyl record album