Beautiful sounds from Joe Claussell – a record that really reminds us of the things that set him apart from so many of his contemporaries! There's an open, honest, almost organic quality to this music – quite far from the usual club grooves at points, although some of the tracks do pick up the pace nicely – and filled with a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that reaches out with a pan-global energy that's mighty nice! The vibe is still in the same space that Claussell explored when making waves on the scene a decade ago – but there's also a maturity here that's really telling, too – especially given that most of these cuts are ones that have Joe collaborating with other artists, helping unify their sounds with his own musical vision. Titles include "Mainfestation Of Seasons" by Cosmic Ritual, "Home" by Con Apala, "Disorganized" by The Lower East Side Pipes, "The Sun The Moon Our Souls" by Mental Remedy, and "Oweyi" by X Panded Dimensions. CD
Beautiful bossa from Rosalia De Souza – and a set that's got a sweet little difference from some of her earlier Schema albums! This time around, the sound is warmly acoustic throughout – very jazz-based, and wrapped around Rosalia's vocals wonderfully – sometimes with a groove that's right in club jazz territory, other times with a mellower vibe that really fits the bossa spirit of the material! De Souza's vocals somehow sound even more beautiful in this setting – with soulful jazz inflections, and a maturity we might not have heard before – and the great trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso adds his talents to the core group for the session, working alongside tenor, trombone, piano, and lots of live percussion. Toco duets with Rosalia on a few tracks, and titles include "Banzo", "Candomble", "D'Improvviso", "Carolina Carol Bela", "Sambinha", "5 Dias De Carnaval", "Luiza Manequim", "Amanha", "Bossa 50", and "Samba Longe". CD
(In a gatefold digipak.)
Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an even starker sound overall, as core acoustic percussion bits are worked into contemporary rhythm programs – then topped with some of the crackling electric touches that you'd expect – often with a warmer sound than other projects of this nature, but a groove that's plenty driving overall. Titles include "Babilonia", "Morro Da Formiga", "Dende", "Borel", "Vidigal", "Rocinha", "Prazeres", and "Complexo Do Alemao" – plus remixes "Babilonia (Rick Wilhite dub)", "Borel (Jonas Kopp my vision of samba rmx)", and "Borel (Nxi rmx)". CD
A genre defying meeting of NYC's out hop illbient impresario Paul Miller and members of that city's finest new jazz improvisors. Not too far off from the recent QPSM project, this finds a cast of characters, including Spooky, who'd previously been more known for dispensing with conventional rhythmic structure, dropping some tighter grooves, but never losing their more progressive identities. The core group is Spooky being Spooky, William Parker on bass, Matthew Shipp on piano and Guillermo Brown on drums, with appearances by Carl Hancock Rux an High Priest of Anti Pop Consortium on vocals, and fellow avant garde travellers Pauline Oliveros, Daniel Carter and Daniel Bernard Roumain. 12 tracks including "Ibid, desmarches, ibid", "Reactive Switching Strategies For The Control Of Uninhibited Air" and "Sequentia Absentia (Dialectical Triangulation I)". CD