A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label RCA stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, splitting held with clear tape and a small sticker.)
The second domestically released album from King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, with the wonderful Ju Ju sound ringing throughout every piece, from the up tempo numbers to the more mellow grooves. Interlocking, chirping guitar parts are layered over nicely percolating rhythms, 9 tracks in all: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Ajoo ... LP Makossa, 1983. Very Good- ...
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A nice set from King Sunny Ade, licensed to the Makossa label, but in the style of his African recordings, featuring a number of shorter compositions strung together into side-longsuites. Hypnotic guitar lines and gentle diatonic melodies float over propulsive percolating percussion, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Authority ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1990. Fair ...
Album features 7 tracks: "Alase Laiye Alase Lorun", "Majo Ronyinroyin", Kile Ni Mo Se", "Opa Ki Ipa Agogo", "KSA Ma Wo Won Loye","Yio Pe Leti Omi" and the side-long "Chief Dr Raymond A Dokpesi". LP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Dauda Epo Akara & His Awurebe Experts —
Iya Alakara ... LP Awurebe (Nigeria), 1983. Good+ ...
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(Cover has some wear & splitting with notations in pen. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
(Includes the booklet. Cover appears to have been signed on back.)
Aram Arakelian Ensemble —
Oud ... LP Carlton, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Middle Eastern grooves from Aram Arakelian – with a focus on The Oud, that enigmatic stringed instrument that we first came to love through the jazz/world experiments of Ahmed Abdul-Malik! Actually, the set's got a lot of of the flavor of Abdul-Malik's work – or at least his more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hypnotic Fuji music from Alhaji (Chief) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and his Supreme Fuji Commanders! The rawly and heavily percussive sound is makes a strong sensory impact – with nicely recorded, echoey vocals out front of that thundering, though impressively rhythmic backdrop. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Supposedly, this is one of the many incarnations of the group that's better known under the names Lafayette Afro-Rock Band and Ice. The material here is more in the vein of work by Ice – in that it's kind of faster Afro-Funk inspired grooves, with bass, guitar, organ, and lots of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some staining & peeling on the bottom.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Very Good- ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Label has an address sticker.)
One of the coolest volumes so far in this excellent series – filled with upbeat groovers that are far more catchy than they are experimental! Most of the work has a vibe that feels like underground American club mixing with some of the hipper styles coming out of west Africa as the 70s moved ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty strong Afro Funk act from Ghana – one that probably got more exposure than usual, thanks to the fact that they were taken under the wing of Brian Eno, who produced the album, in a tradition that would stretch back to Ginger Baker's work with Fela. The tracks are all pretty strong, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Fela's all time classics – and a biting attack on the transnational monster that was International Telephone & Telegraph in the 70s! The album's a bit different than some of the others – in that it features one long tune that runs for both sides of the wax – but that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(FAK pressing from 1997.)
Fela & Africa 70 —
Na Poi ... LP Barclay (France), 1976. Very Good+ (reissue)...
One of the sexiest tunes that Fela ever cut – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The track begins with a cool spoken bit, about what man and woman get up to behind close doors – then moves into this pulsating keyboard part which is almost eerily spare, until the rest of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An impassioned attack on police and army violence in 70s Nigeria – and easily one of Fela Kuti's best-remembered albums of the time! The lead track – "Sorrow Tears & Blood" – is really tremendous – a wicked groove that begins with a very long electric piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly fantastic bit of funky sitar tracks! The project's a recent one, but it's got a classic 70s global crossover funk sound that's very much in the vein of the weird Indian-funk work of Ananda Shankar or The Dave Pike set. The record's got a raw Meters-esque groove at the base – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most starkly beautiful recordings in Paul Horn's career – with spiritually resonant, almost spine tingling solo flute and some chants, all recorded in the Taj Majal one day in April of 1968! It's really all about the atmosphere, as it would have to be given the location – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained and flaky along the spine, which is split, with splitting on the top and bottom seams too.)
Derdiyoklar Ikilisi —
Disko Folk ... LP Guerssen (Spain), 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)...
Turkish electro folk from late 70s Germany! Derdiyoklar Ikilisi is the duo of singer, saz and guitar player Ali Ekber Aydogan and drummer & singer Ihsan Guvercin – delivering hypnotic and melodic music here that are steeped in traditional Turkish music, though played with a late 70s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure album of 80s grooves from the man who virtually invented African Funk! As you can guess by the date, this one's not in the harder mode of Julius' earlier sessions – but it's still got some great choppy Fela-like grooves, and instrumentation that's still quite committed to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album