The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a slightly more contemporary European presentation – but somehow these guys have really found a way to put everything together with an even tighter, more cohesive sound – one that expands through jazzy solo work on tenor, alto, trumpet, and trombone – and which really draws a lot from the wide range of percussion and other instrumentation used by co-leader Jack Yglesias. The lovely Luzmira Zerpa handles most of the vocals – and some percussion too – and the album also features guest appearances from 70s legends Orlando Julius on tenor and Marshal Allen on alto sax. Titles include "Baiao Infinito", "Near The Ocean", "Efik", "Cosmic Unity", "Canto De Pilon", "El Rio", "Cacao", "Okoroba", and "Neti Neti". CD
Very cool stuff! Chick Ganimian plays oud, in a very jazzy setting – all in a mode that's a bit like some of Ahmed Abdul-Malik's work of the time – although a bit shorter and tighter overall! The record's got a way deeper sound than some of the other exotic-sploitation albums of the period – recorded by Atlantic Records, who clearly knew what they were doing – and who seem to go much more for a jazz-meets-world vibe on the record than any sort of cheap bellydance album! Gaimian's oud comes across beautifully – and the album also features jazz legend Peter Ind on bass, plus work from Sudan Baronian on tenor and baritone sax, and Al Schakman on guitar. Titles include "Play Girl Play", "Oriental Jam", "Nine Eight", "Halvah", "Hayastan Moods", "Hedy Lou", and "Daddy Lolo". LP, Vinyl record album
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc —
Ritual ... CD Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". (Latin, Global Grooves)CD
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the four piece combo seem to take all the best elements from the bigger American funk ensembles, then fuse them down to a wickedly sharp core – with basslines, guitar, and keyboards all working with an amazing edge – and none of the too-commercial elements that might have been showing up on the US scene at the time! Vocals are in English – which should have made this record a crossover international funk hit – and the whole thing can kick the ass of just about any early 80s funk album on the planet. Titles include "Sexy Woman", "Atlantic Breeze", "Be A Lover", "Super D Jay", and "Love Or Money". CD