A great mix of Latin and Caribbean sounds from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – music from Cuba, Colombia, Haiti, and Puerto Rico – plus a few island-inspired records from the US as well! The styles here definitely fall near the mambo and calypso promised in the title – but there's also a larger vibe going on, too – as styles and influences criss-cross nicely, at a level that makes the track selection here especially fresh! Titles include "O Look Misery" by Blind Blake, "Cumba Del Caribe" by Pacho Galan, "Jamaicuba" by Mongo Santamaria, "Baila Yemeya" by Celia Cruz, "Strip Tease" by Lord Power, "Besitos De Coco" by Rafael Cortijo, "Ahora Si Hay Melao" by Joseito Mateo, "Mambo Calypso" by Duke Of Iron, and "Cumba Sobre El Mar" by Trio Serenata. LP, Vinyl record album
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
Partial matches: 1
Assagai ... LP Vertigo, 1971. Used Gatefold ...
Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Swirl label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on Side 1. Cover has a cutout hole and a sticker on back..)