Reebop Kwaku Baah —
Reebop ... LP Island, 1972. Very Good ...
One of those British sessions from the early 70s that mix African grooves with British prog rock, in a mode that's similar to some of the Ginger Baker albums from the same time. Percussionist Anthony Reebop Kwaku Baah sings on the whole record, but the real strength comes from the ensemble backing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perry Robinson/Nana Vasconcelos/Badal Roy —
Kundalini ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1978. Near Mint- ...
One of the most interesting albums we've ever heard from clarinetist Perry Robinson – recorded with help from two master percussionists, in a style that makes for a very global groove! The set features Robinson blowing in snakey, almost exotic lines – with backing on tablas from Badal ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from reed player Tony Scott – recorded during a time when he was doing a lot of soul-searching with Eastern cultures! The set's a stripped-down batch of long tracks, with Scott's clarinet in the lead, and backing by 2 Japanese musicians on Koto and Shackuhachi. The tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy-duty 2LP set that documents Ravi's music festival in India – one that features work by him and other Indian musicians like Sabri Khan, Laskshmi Shankar, Sharad Kumar, and Jitendra Abhisheki. Titles include "Raga Kirwani", "Raga Mishra Gara, Teental", "Doh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)
Silver Stars Steel Orchestra —
Silver Stars ... LP Antillana (Barbados), Early 70s. Very Good ...
Long tracks filled with boatloads of percussion, from the Congo tradition, but all composed by Titos. Losts of chanting call and response vocals overtop of plenty plenty plenty percussion. Tracks include "Yao!", "Salongo", "The Birth", & "Ngoma Bakongo (I ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Song Gol Mae —
II ... LP Jigu (Korea), 1982. Very Good+ ...
Pretty great work from Toure Kunda – one of the best of the New Africa acts to record for Celluloid during the 80s! The album's got a bit of electro modernism in the mix, thanks to production by Bill Laswell – and guest keyboards by Bernie Worrell. The overall sound is very tight, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn, with some tears on the opening.)
That's Don Cherry in the middle – who plays pocket trumpet and doussn'gouni on the record – along with Tim Moran on saxes and flute, and Tony Vacca on a range of interesting percussion instruments! (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
A classic series of field recordings – done for Nonesuch by Stephen Jay, and recorded in Niger, Mali, & Upper Volta. Titles include "Kountougi Solo", "Djerma Dundun Drummers", "Tuareg Medicinal Chant", "Kouco Solo", "Songhay Kombi & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great reissue of music from a very compelling source – four different albums that circulated under the Music From Africa title – with one main side of full performances, and a flipside that featured shorter segments for play on radio and TV! Side one here features Shanghaan sounds in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album